Publicans ready to catch rays and put savings into hotel improvements
THE Bellevue Hotel at Coominya is hoping to slash its power bills while helping the environment with the installation of solar panels.
The renewable energy fix has been in the works since October last year, when the present owners bought the hotel.
Manager Skye Stoessel said electricity bills would be dramatically reduced during the summer months.
“When it’s hot like it is, we can cut our bills down by a third,” Mrs Stoessel said.
“It’s a massive saving. When you look at the bills for a building like this, you’re going to save a lot of money.”
Mrs Stoessel said the owners wanted to find a way to beat the significant electricity costs of running the hotel.
“With the rising cost in ener- gy, this place with the kitchen and the fridges, we can be paying thousands a month for our power bill,” she said.
“But after three years the system would have paid for itself.”
More than 65 panels cover a large portion of the roof on the historic pub. Linked to a 19.8kilowatt system, the panels will help power the functional kitchen, air-conditioning and the multiple fridges at the establishment.
While the dollar value of savings could not yet be confirmed, Mrs Stoessel said the return on investment would go towards improving the hotel.
“With the savings from the power bill we will definitely be putting it towards getting a few things fixed, restored and upgraded,” Mrs Stoessel said.
“It’s quite exciting to see what we will save and what we can put that money towards in restoring the building.
“This is the first step. We will see how this goes and look into more if it’s efficient enough.”
The renewable energy crusade is gaining momentum across Australia, with pressure groups like the Fair Dinkum Power movement pushing for Australia to go “200 per cent” green.
They believe Australia should be powered only by renewable energy and should also be exporting renewable resources to international markets.
SUNNY FUTURE: Bellevue Hotel manager Skye Stoessel.