Dovehaven on target to be ‘carbon neutral’
Our long term commitment to our care homes is deep set and to ensure that our care business is sustainable for years to come Dovehaven, uniquely, have had a green strategy, before the rest of the world realised they needed one!
Dovehaven have taken on the serious challenge of being the first care home group to become ‘carbon neutral’. This target being achieved by offsetting the carbon footprint of our business, by working with ‘green’ energy experts who are able to provide current best practice and actions for us to follow.
Every Dovehaven home now has solar panels installed on the roof of their building with the energy from our rooftops used in our homes. This ensures our fuel requirements from conventional fossil based sources is minimised. We are proud to say that we were the winner of the 2019 Energy Efficiency Award in the ‘Renewable Heat Installer’ category and were highly commended in the ‘Best Large Scale Project’ category also in 2019. We are certainly making progress!
On our journey to become even greener, biomass boilers have been installed where possible in our homes and the recent introduction of digital dashboards, just like a smart meter at home, ensures we can monitor energy usage and surplus. Surplus, or ‘spare’ energy is sold back to the national grid for others to use. What could be better, all we need and more? Solar power is of course renewable and an infinite source of energy, converting sunshine, or should we say ‘daylight’ into both electricity and heat is the way our homes can be sure our carbon footprint is diminishing daily.
Let us say that our drive to achieve our aim to be carbon neutral, making the least possible impact on the planet, is great for our homes, great for our residents and also are perfectly aligned with other ‘best in class’ fuel efficient businesses. But most of all, is a legacy for future generations, for which we feel our older generations now would be most proud.