We are continually seeking new ways of reducing our energy footprint and have instigated a number of initiatives including improved insulation in buildings and the use of low-energy lightbulbs throughout the Park.
- Swimming pools consume vast quantities of energy for heating and filtration and during 2010 and 2011 we invested heavily in new heat pump & heat recovery technology as well as new glazing and roof insulation. Future improvements will include variable speed pumps and solar thermal panels.
- 29kw of solar PV panels were fitted to our boatshed and shop rooves in November 2011 – providing free renewable energy and reducing our carbon footprint.
- Meters have been fitted to all marina electric hookup points, in order to encourage more considerate energy consumption by boat owners.
- Sub-metering has been introduced in key parts of the Park in order to help monitor electricity consumption within individual buildings.
- All lamps throughout the Park have been replaced with energy saving equivalents – including LED lamps where feasible.
- Toilet cisterns throughout the park are dual-flush and the campsite WC block has waterless urinals.
- Timers have been provided in the campsite showers to encourage customers to save water by showering for shorter periods.
- All showers and basins in public areas have push-button tap operation to prevent them from being left running.
- All shower & toilet blocks now have motion sensitive lighting, which is activated when customers enter the building and switches off automatically.
Land fill, waste & recycling
- We have glass recycling banks on site and full recycling facilities.
- Through a partnership with a local waste collection company, all waste can now be placed in the same bin (using colour coded bags) and separated at the waste depot.
- All toner & inkjet cartridges are returned for recycling.
- Boards used for walkways and decking are manufactured from 95% recycled material and are 100% recyclable.
- We have a battery recycling point in our Information Centre.
- Dead trees are recycled where possible – creating log benches for example – or at the very least using the wood chippings for landscaping purposes.
- As a touring site and marina, we have many customers with chemical toilets or waste holding tanks. We encourage our customers only to use organic additives and will not permit waste containing harmful chemicals (such as formaldehyde-based products) to be disposed of using our facilities; such chemicals could cause damage to our sewage treatment plant and result in harmful levels of pollutants entering the watercourse. Organic additives are on sale in our shop.