Bosinver, a family run self-catering holiday business near St Austell, has successfully lowered its outgoings through its work with green builders and green technology contractors, ZLC energy.
With increasing running costs, reduced visitor numbers to the county, and following the fourth wet summer in a row, tourism business’ in Cornwall are facing an urgent need to reduce costs and strengthen their bottom line.
Bosinver have found a way to increase their customer base whilst saving money. They have been so pleased with their investment in green energy and green building that they want to share their lessons with other businesses.
Bosinver welcomes local businesses to have a look round, talk with the team and find out how they can cut energy costs whilst greening a business.
ZLC energy will be on hand to run through the detail and will be holding energy surgeries throughout the day. Visitors are invited to bring their bills and find out what they can save – money, carbon and the environment.
Mark Smith, Director of ZLC energy, says, “We know how tough it is out there for tourism businesses and it’s made tougher by continuous hikes in energy costs. We’ll be holding energy surgery sessions, so bring along your last year’s oil, gas and electric bills and we’ll help you see where you can save.”
Bosinver owner Pat Smith encourages people to come.
“We started this journey with a simple energy survey. This identified lots of ways to cut costs and it’s so simple that I’d recommend that everyone does it. This highlighted the benefits of efficiency and renewable energy and led us to building an eco-house.”
Luxury eco-house, Lowen (Cornish for joyful, short for Low energy) is an ‘active’ house which means it goes further than a ‘passive’ or ‘zero carbon’ house in generating much more energy than it uses. The excess is then used to power a network of other cottages and facilities on the 30 acre site.
Pat goes on to say, “The investment in eco technology and facilities is not only driven by the business’ commitment to being green, it is also a focussed investment to reduce the running costs of the business whilst increasing our market appeal.”
Energy costs account for 10% of the running costs for Bosinver. The green energy measures have saved 10% of these energy costs in the first year and the renewable energy installations are also earning money. When combined with tax benefits, these investments are on track for a five year payback.
St. Austell Brewery’s Environmental Compliance Manager will also be attending to share the Brewery’s lessons from converting to green, efficient energy.
The event will be held in Lowen, at Bosinver on 18th October. If you’re interested in attending, please register to attend in the morning or afternoon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information please visit www.bosinver.co.uk or www.zlcenergy.co.uk