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Nelson's grand old dame awash in savings

In 1898, before the words energy and efficiency joined together to become part of our modern day vernacular, Nelson’s Hume Hotel & Spa opened its doors to a new era in first-class service for the region.

Fast forward a hundred plus years and the hotel has gone through numerous owners and almost as many renovations. With its storied history and first class service, the Hume is known today as the grand old dame of Nelson, attracting guests from around the world. Supporting the service that customers expect, is reliable hot water for the hotel’s three restaurants and 43 guest rooms.

But after a fire at an adjoining property in the summer of 2010 caused a flood at the Hume Hotel, the one central water heater had to be replaced.

“Since we had to replace it, we decided to go high-efficiency and lessen our impact on the environment at the same time,” says hotel manager Ryan Martin. “And it was great to get a $4,500 rebate from FortisBC through their Efficient Commercial Water Heater Program for installing two high-efficiency domestic hot water boilers.”

Since the water heater upgrade in 2010, the hotel has undergone major renovations to the rooms and common areas to further improve energy efficiency and guest comfort. Upgrades included ENERGY STAR® mini-split ductless heat pumps, ENERGY STAR windows, insulation, water-efficient fixtures and LED lighting and controls. As a result, the hotel qualified for an additional $12,000 rebate from FortisBC.

To recognize all their work to improve the hotel’s energy efficiency, The Hume Hotel & Spa is a recipient of a 2016 FortisBC Efficiency in Action Award, an annual event recognizing builders, businesses and organizations for their commitment to energy efficiency.  Congratulations! ​