Below are a list of the Initiatives taken & being taken to make Ghan House more energy efficient, save money & therefore, reducing our carbon footprint!
This is just a start. More will happen when we can.
- Rainwater from roof all feed together to pipe under the car park & automatically feeds pond
- All batteries – for TV & mini hi-fi’s are being replaced by rechargeable. Any old batteries and blown bulbs into dedicated recycle bins.
- Lighting in kitchen – fluorescent lighting fittings & bulbs changed to T5 fittings.
- Kitchen heat lamps – being replaced with lamps that give out 85% heat & only 15% light – 8 x 400W to be replaced with 4 x 400W.
- Non-atmospheric lighting changed to low energy bulbs – such as corridors & lighting with coloured shade.
- Where atmosphere more critical & no shades to help colour the light, lower energy bulbs put in as other bulbs blow - 30% less energy bulb.
- Computer turned off at night x 2.
- Bar spot lights changed for low energy smart bulb.
- 6 x 50W changed for 6 x 9W.
- Oil boiler, main house, burner adjusted & configured to burn diesel instead of Kerosene.
- All cisterns have 1 litre plastic bottle, saving 1 litre water each flush – saving 480 litres pw.
- Public toilets – ladies fitted with flush that uses from 1 litre to 9 litres instead of 9 litres on every flush.
- Gents toilet fitted with automatic water wash feed that only flushes urinal before & after use or every 6 hrs as well as infra-red operated water tap negating possibility of tap being left on & is therefore only on use when hands are actually put under tap. Ladies toilet fitted with same tap.
- 3 public toilets fitted with fan that automatically turns off if no movement for 3 minutes.
- Low energy spotlights for car park & outside – 12 bulbs at €24W each instead of 6 at 400W each.
- Office spotlights changed for low energy bulbs once blown.
- Fan for extraction only in use when cooking. Hot lights for service only to be on when food is actually served. If left on just 5 times only for 30 seconds extra this would amount to a saving of €925 per year minimum.
- Plates warmed only in gas warming oven, electric oven only to be used for appropriate cooking of food.
- 6.5KW dishwasher costs €1.24 per hr to run. Encourage use of only full load each use and switch off between service times. Only turn on again when needed to run more than 6 loads. Fill from hot tap only – not auto fill from cold.
- Drier for laundry – gas drier, and clear sign imdicating precise drying time for various types of load – correct drying time would eliminate approx 10 – 20% of gas use.
- Washing machine – set load water fill to correct setting according to size of load and sign in place to indicate this.
- Gas boiler for 8 bedrooms in annex now fitted with gas meter, so correct assessment of amount gas used v gas used for kitchen can be calculated and hence viability of solar for annex.
- Fridges & cold room cooling panels hooverd for dust once every 2 weeks.
- 70% of electricity consumed at Ghan House are now from wind turbines - making the electricity used almost 4 times cleaner than the average useage over the whole of Ireland - ie 142kg of CO2 per MWh rather than the average of 533kg of CO2 per MWh.
- Kitchen waste – compost all uncooked food.
- Newspapers used to make log fires.
- All cardboard & paper and plastic into green bin.
- All glass bottles collected for recycling.
- All plastic bottles collected for recycling.
- Deliveries into kitchen – all boxes and crates taken back by supplier for re-use at time of delivery.
- All computer inks to charity recycle at Harvey Norman.
- Stamps on envelopes saved for charity.
- Customer bills, if not kept, to be sliced in ½ and postcard for sale to guests & money encouraged to go into charity box.
- 2 sides of all A4 printed paper used, printer set to draft quality.
- Guest recycle facility put in for newspapers/paper, glass bottles, plastic bottles and cans.
- 100% of breakfast waste into green cone & decompose naturally - we have 3 green cones all called different days of the week.
- Solar power for hot water.
- Windmill for electricity generation.