Graceland becomes eco-friendly
18 March 2011
With the upcoming Earth Hour taking place on the 26th March, Peermont’s Southern American inspired Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club is making a few changes to the way business is done with the recent adoption of energy saving initiatives in an effort to be an environmentally conscious resort.
Graceland Hotel Casino and Country Club located in the town of Secunda, Mpumalanga, just a mere 50-minute break-away on the newly opened N17 from the urban sprawl of Johannesburg and Pretoria has increased electricity, water and gas saving initiatives as well as staff awareness to curb unnecessary usage of energy.
The present electricity savings are based on manually controlling the Air Handling Units (AHU) and Chillers, by starting up and shutting down the AHU to save energy. Soft start controllers are being researched for the AHUs and pumps in an effort to save energy. Globes throughout the building have also been changed; globes from the parking lot have been changed from 150 Watts to 100 Watts, spot lamps from 75 Watt to 70 Watt and candle bulbs from 40 Watt to 35 Watt. The LED lights have been changed to down lighters and the retrofit back of house fluorescents has also been replaced.
In an effort to save water, water restrictor taps have been installed and a solar paneled borehole to irrigate the gardens is being considered. Further research is being done on the change of shower heads to water saving restrictor heads to reduce unnecessary wastage of water. Solar panels will be installed soon to replace the gas boilers for water heating.
The 4-star Peermont Walmont hotel at Graceland houses its guests in 98 Victorian-American grandeur bedrooms and suites. Its facilities, however, are very much of the present era, comprising satellite TV, modem points, wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) and air conditioning. Staff; whether working at the reception desk or in the kitchen have been made mindful of energy saving guidelines and posters have been placed back of house. Messages have also been placed in all the rooms in order to advise guests on how they can assist in saving water and electricity.
For more information contact the Guest Relations Desk 017 620 1000 or visit www.peermont.com.