The City Hotel Derry has been congratulated by the Consumer Council for making savings of over £18,000 on its water bill in recent years.
This comes at a time when the Consumer Council is keen to ensure that businesses aren’t paying more for their water than they have to.
The City Hotel’s savings follow a reduction in water use which has garnered the Consumer Council’s seal of approval in the form of a ‘Water Champion’ award.
The award, developed in partnership with Invest NI and NI Water, is given to those who demonstrate how they have reduced their water use and saved money.
Despite adding twelve new bedrooms and attracting high visitor numbers during the City of Culture celebrations the City Hotel was still able to make significant savings and is the first hotel to receive the award.
Accepting the award on behalf of the hotel Clare Campbell, Accommodation Manager said: “We are delighted to have our work to reduce our water use recognised by the Consumer Council. On reviewing our water consumption, we discovered that simple steps like fitting water saving shower heads and restrictors to taps, installing a new water efficient dishwasher and placing hippo bags in cisterns, have made a difference to our water bills.
“Understanding our water use better also showed how the water used throughout the building contributed to a large proportion of our energy costs, so reducing our usage will also have a positive impact on future energy bills.”
The Water Champions award is aimed at helping businesses, farms and other organisations improve water efficiency and save money off their water bills. All businesses, farms and schools can benefit and the Water Champions awards are free to enter.
To improve water efficiency, visit: www.consumercouncil.org.uk/water/champions-/