What can care homes do to survive ?
What can care providers do to avoid being one of the predicted 9,000 that are threatened to be unviable because of the National Living Wage (NLW)?
Care homes contribute a large proportion of the UK’s overall carbon emissions – and it’s down to individuals to make a change to reduce their property’s environmental impact.
With Hot Water, Lighting & Heating representing considerable and seemingly unavoidable costs, it really is the right time to find a solution and reduce your home’s CO2 emissions, as well as lowering your energy bills.
It is now a commonly known fact that reducing the thermostat temperature by 1 degree generally reduces costs by 8 – 10%! Imagine the financial benefits of reducing the temperature by 5 degrees automatically when a room becomes unoccupied?
What about Smart Room Thermostats?
Heavy publicity will have brought these to your attention, over shadowing all else in this innovative sector of heating controls.
These are a great idea however, the most obvious downsides are their inflexibility by treating the entire building as one zone/room. For example, a building with 100 radiators some of which will be in unoccupied rooms will all be treated in the same manner temperature wise even if limited zone control exists.
How Radmiser solved one costly problem.
Radmiser supplied a local Residential Care Home based in Hastings (Tusker House).
The Care Home owner was initially sceptical of certain claims, however was interested in the way the system addressed the problems of overheating in a warm environment where so much of the control of heating at times was dealt with in such an inefficient way as opening windows. Being tamperproof the system enabled the home to more carefully manage heating controls without distracting staff from their primary role. Staff generally will not be too engaged in the energy efficiency in the workplace, they don’t pay the bills.
There is great pressure exerted on care homes to train staff and it has been suggested that energy training and awareness should be included. This in itself is costly and time consuming and detracts from core activities.
Following a 12 month study of energy consumption, Tusker House reported a reduction in their gas heating bill approaching 25%.
Having successfully reduced energy consumption they are now looking at the next development in this technology. Window sensors that will communicate with nearby heating radiators that a window is open and to automatically reduce heating until the window is closed. With on screen technology, the responsible person will be aware of temperature settings, actual temperatures and whether the window has been left open.