Seymour Hotels of Jersey is responsible for 10% of Jersey’s bed stock and its portfolio includes the Merton Hotel and Suites, the Pomme d’Or Hotel and the Greenhills Country House Hotel.
Energy-saving is one of Seymour Hotels’ key priorities and in 2018, a £5m investment programme prepared the hotels for the summer season.
Almost half the investment – some £2.3m – was spent moving from steam to low-temperature hot water systems at the Merton Hotel, providing major environmental and economic savings.
“Over the last decade we have reduced oil consumption across the Merton complex by about 35%, by introducing better controls, processes and making a significant capital investment in energy saving equipment,” explains Dave Donoghue, group maintenance manager at Seymour Hotels of Jersey.
An energy-saving investment in catering equipment included replacing the large commercial dishwasher systems at two of Seymour Hotel’s properties, the Merton Hotel and Pomme d’Or Hotel.
Mr Donoghue was senior engineer at the group before his appointment as maintenance manager so he was well aware of the performance of Meiko machines.
“We looked at what the competitors had to offer when it came to replacements, but we decided to stick with Meiko because of their machine build quality, reliability and the good technical support,” he explained.
“Being in Jersey, we can be stuck out on a limb sometimes with not having Meiko engineers to attend to breakdowns, but Meiko engineers always answer their phones to us and help my own team of engineers as much as they can. We talk through technical issues over the phone as and when they occur, and spare parts are quick and easy to order.”
Meiko’s new generation of commercial dishwashers deliver significant energy, water and chemicals savings compared to the previous generation.
“In terms of energy and water savings, we do not monitor the machines separately from the rest of the hotel, but there are noticeable differences,” said Mr Donoghue. “There is a noticeable improvement to the air quality in the dishwash areas, chiefly thanks to the integral heat recovery systems on the new machines.”
Analysing the saving
Meiko has calculated the savings between the old and new Meiko commercial dishwashing machines at the Merton Hotel at a 40,880 k/W annual saving on electricity and 322,660 L annual saving in water consumption.
In 2003, The Merton Hotel was fitted with a Meiko B190 dishwasher, replaced 2018 by a Meiko M-iQ model.
The figures below, supplied by Meiko, show the energy/water consumption difference between the two machines, both using an electric supply.
Meiko is the Platinum Partner sponsor of the Warewashing category of FEJ Kitchen Excellence Week. For information about Meiko and its range of products, call 01753 215120 or visit www.meiko-uk.co.uk