North Shore Holiday Centre, Skegness

North Shore Holiday Centre, Skegness

The popular North Shore Holiday Centre in Skegness has reduced its carbon footprint and saved money by installing new prepayment electricity meters for touring caravans for the first time. The 41 acre site, which is a short walk to the beach and Skegness town, has hard standing for 135 touring caravans as well as static caravans, apartments, chalets and pods.  The introduction of the pre-payment electricity cards system manufactured by Emlite and supplied via the UK distributor J W SmartMeters Ltd is the latest move designed to reduce the park’s energy overheads, having already installed a range of other measure including low energy lighting, solar panels, thermal tubes and rainwater harvesting.

Visitors with touring caravans were previously given unlimited electricity as part of their site fee.  However, following spot checks on energy consumption the decision was taken to introduce meters.

Until this year touring caravans could effectively use as much energy as they wanted; they simply plugged in and away they went. However we found that some customers had heaters going all day and night, even in the awnings. As well as being wasteful and expensive, it was also very dangerous. We decided that we needed to take action to encourage more careful use of our energy supply.

Tommy White, Site Manager
North Shore Holiday Centre

North Shore Holiday Centre approached their local supplier, Hallgate Electrical, who recommended the new generation of contactless RFID pre-payment  card meters supplied through the UK distributor JW SmartMeters Ltd. The meters use the latest RFID contactless technology meaning that pre-payment cards need only be held close enough to the electricity meter for the credit to be transferred.  Unlike older magnetic strip cards, RFID cards are not inserted into the meter, making the system more reliable and tamper proof than the CPM5188A Electro card meter that it has replaced.

North Shore opted for rechargeable cards to go with their RFID prepayment meters.  Rechargeable cards have the benefit of being reprogrammable using a simple USB connected Desktop Charger and an annual software licence.  In order to protect the Park Owner’s revenue each card is encrypted with a unique site code so that it cannot be used elsewhere and can be cancelled if lost or stolen.

North Shore’s new pre-payment system is managed via dedicated software on a single laptop.  When booking on to the site, customers are issued with a specially printed, re-usable PVC card.  Each card is loaded with a set daily allowance for electricity, the value of which is displayed in the customer’s electricity meter.  If a customer needs more electricity, they simply top up their card.

We are able to work with the supplier in order to make the system bespoke in a number of ways.  We chose to show the value of the electricity on the meters instead of units so that our guests would have a better appreciation of how much they had left at any given time. Using this Emlite system we are able to make the cards multi purpose , so that each one can also control locks and our entry barriers, which is much more convenient for everyone. We found the software extremely easy to use; our reception team could apply the right credit to the card with the press of just one button.

Tommy White, Site Manager
North Shore Holiday Centre

To view the MP22 Contactless Prepayment Card Meter, please click here.

Date

16/02/2018

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