Press release -
Idre Fjäll saves energy with digitalised mixers
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM. Idre Fjäll is a popular summer and winter resort. With the aim of creating sustainable facilities, Idre Fjäll has installed FM Mattsson’s connected mixers in its public facilities. This has resulted in energy savings, easier service and enhanced guest experience.
The Idre Fjäll Foundation (Stiftelsen Idre Fjäll) has been operating since the 1960s, and in 2018 decided to intensify its investment in sustainability. The Foundation initiated several new projects, which included installing FM Mattsson’s connected mixers in showers in the gym and swimming pool and in several public toilets at the end of 2018.
– It’s wonderful to have a digital overview of our mixers. We can see immediately how many times the mixers are activated and used, at what time this occurs, and which showers are used the most. We can also set a maximum temperature for the mixers and showers to prevent the water from getting too hot. We couldn’t control this before, and it is an important aspect for our guests’ safety, explains Carina Sisell, Sustainability Manager at Idre Fjäll.
Tracking energy use
Connected, energy-efficient mixers were also installed in some of the mountain cabins. When their energy efficiency was compared with existing older mixers, the results were immediately evident. “On average, the new mixers save up to 30 litres of hot water per day per cabin,” says Carina.
– It takes energy to heat water, so by saving water you also reduce carbon emissions. But many people don’t see this connection. As a company, we want to take our responsibility for these issues, which are highly relevant considering today’s global climate crisis.
Digitally controlled service
In addition to saving water, the connected mixers can also reduce personnel costs. Hygiene flushing can be installed in mixers that are not frequently used – for instance in ski hire facilities during the summer season. This function ensures that mixers are automatically flushed through with water at set intervals to prevent the water becoming stagnant, which can cause bad odours and bacterial growth. Because this is managed digitally, no staff need to operate the function in site. And in the event of a fault, the mixers automatically send an SMS alert.
Enhanced guest experience
By monitoring user behaviour over time, Idre Fjäll can detect patterns and tailor their services to guests’ needs. Cleaning staff schedules can be adapted depending on which toilets are used the most, and at what times. Maintenance and service can also be tailored according to the season and the type of guests using the facility.
Carina mentions a washbasin in the sports complex that used considerably more cold water than in other toilets.
– An investigation showed that this basin was in the toilet nearest the outdoor swimming pool. We assume guests were going there to fill their water bottles. Now that we have detected this need, we can arrange to provide better access to drinking water, says Carina. She adds:
– We aim to install more connected products in the longer term. And I’m sure we’ll discover even more ways of using the statistics to improve our operations, make them more sustainable and improve guest experience.
FM Mattsson is part of the FM Mattsson Mora Group, the leading Swedish tap manufacturer, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. The company was founded in 1865 in the village of Östnor near Mora, Sweden by Frost Matts Mattsson, a young entrepreneur. The company originally produced brass parts for clocks and decorations for local traditional costumes. He cast his first tap back in 1876. The FM Mattsson Mora Group includes FM Mattsson, Mora Armatur, Damixa and Hotbath. All the companies in the Group focus on leading technology, high quality, attractive design and environmental friendliness. The FM Mattsson Mora Group’s operations are concentrated in Mora, Sweden. The Group has sales of over SEK 1,4 2018.