Africa’s largest tourism, leisure and gaming group, Sun International, has recently performed an energy audit that identified a potential energy savings of ZAR30 million ($2 million) should an energy efficient model be adopted.
Sun International strengthening bottom line
Cape Business News reported that the energy efficiency audit, which was financed by the National Business Initiative’s Private Sector Energy Efficiency (PSEE) programme, identified a high 61% savings of current energy costs at four of Sun International’s premier properties.
This figure can be achieved through the rollout of energy efficient lighting, correct insulation of geysers and piping throughout its hotels and casinos while driving behaviour change towards energy amongst the group’s staff at all levels.
Michael Farr, Group GM Brand and Communications of Sun International said: “Boosting energy efficiency offers not just an opportunity for Sun International to lower its energy costs but is also a chance for the company to do its bit to alleviate pressure on South Africa’s power grid.
“All companies in South Africa need to do their bit to improve their energy efficiency efforts as part of the nationwide campaign to reduce waste and maximise the amount of power available to the wider economy.”
The Cape Business News reported that regulated energy price increases in South Africa are expected to raise electricity costs for South African businesses by 47% over the five year period running from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2018.
Energy saving audit shows big results
[quote]For example, Sun International’s Carousel Casino and Entertainment World in the North-West Province could reduce energy costs by 61%, which amounts to an annual saving of ZAR7,5 million ($552,043), should an energy conscious model be adopted, Cape Business News reported.
Farr noted: “Energy efficiency clearly has tangible benefits for us as a company and we are looking at ways to replicate these energy savings measures at all of our operations.
“A lot of it comes down to education of both staff and guests. Something as simple as encouraging guests to wash towels only when necessary can result in massive savings in the form of both water and electricity.”