Save energy costs and protect the climate
Rapidly rising energy prices present the domestic hotel industry with an enormous challenge. In view of last summer’s Europe-wide drought, the focus is increasingly shifting to water as a resource – driven not least by guests, who are increasingly choosing their accommodations according to climate protection aspects. The Eurothermenresort Bad Schallerbach in Upper Austria demonstrates how both energy and water requirements can be reduced in the long term. 200 showers at the spa were equipped with environmental technology from the Rabmer Group. The Ecoturbino system saves the resort around 9.1 million liters of water, 370,000 kWh of energy and 120 tons of CO2 per year – without any loss of comfort for guests.
Prices for electricity and gas are skyrocketing, putting the local hotel industry in a precarious position. The additional costs cannot be passed on to guests without risking a slump in bookings. Innovative solutions are needed. Especially for spas, which are affected to a large extent by the price increases. According to the Austrian Hoteliers Association, operators are expecting energy costs to rise by up to 400 percent and beyond. A significant portion of this is accounted for by the showers in the accommodations, which consume above-average amounts of hot water. Eurothermen boss Patrick Hochhauser is well aware of this: “Anyone thinking about the hot water requirements of a thermal spa probably rarely has the showers in mind. But it is precisely here that vast amounts of water and energy are produced, since our guests use the Therme extensively and shower correspondingly often.”
There is no shortage of technical solutions to minimize consumption, but these often come at the expense of guest satisfaction. According to Hochhauser, the company was therefore not only looking for ways to protect the climate and save money, but also to continue to guarantee the highest level of comfort for guests: “We found what we were looking for in the immediate vicinity. The Rabmer Group from Altenberg near Linz already upgraded our showers with the Ecoturbino system in 2017. The guests appreciate our commitment to climate protection – and the fact that they use almost half less water when showering is something they don’t even notice thanks to the Ecoturbinos.”
Saving nine million liters of water – without any loss of comfort
At the Eurothermenresort Bad Schallerbach, a total of 200 showers in the hotel and spa were equipped with the Ecoturbino system. Annually, the spa thus saves around 9.1 million liters of water, 370,000 kWh of energy and 120 tons of CO2. While many hotels took advantage of the forced pandemic break to make their showers climate-friendly, to take account of rising prices, but also the newly awakened environmental awareness of their clientele, the Eurothermenresort already relied on innovative environmental technology from Rabmer five years ago and took on a pioneering role in this respect.
“How much the Ecoturbino reduces water demand, energy consumption and operating costs in a specific case can be easily determined with our savings calculator,” explains Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, Managing Director of the Rabmer Group. “For hotels, factors such as the existing water pressure and the shower heads used are decisive in this regard. We therefore offer free measurements and test runs so that hoteliers can see the benefits of our technology for themselves.”
Tried, tested and certified
The Ecoturbino, which has been tested by TÜV and certified with the Austrian eco-label, is installed directly in the shower as a connecting piece between the fitting and the shower hose. “In the Ecoturbino, the water flow is reduced by around 40 percent, additionally mixed with air and strongly swirled. This massively increases the flow rate and at the same time retains the full showering comfort. Hotels thus reduce not only water consumption but also their operating costs enormously – this is particularly important in view of the high energy costs and the CO2 pricing that came into force in October,” says Rabmer-Koller.
The use of climate-friendly environmental technology also pays off on another level. This is because tourists are increasingly paying attention to their ecological footprint when choosing their accommodation. Hotels that sustainably reduce their operating costs can thus at the same time create a new incentive for guests and expand their clientele.