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ENERGY


Before installing solar panels, check which way the roof faces:


the closer the alignment to south, the more electricity generated


NO PAIN, JUST


LOTS TO GAIN A


Adopting a more intelligent approach to your energy usage


can save thousands of pounds a year without compromising service. Simon Wright of


energy consultancy Pure World Energy


shares his top tips for leisure operators


nyone who runs a health club, especially if it comes with a swimming pool, will be no stranger to eye-


watering energy bills. It’s one of the sizeable operating costs all owners face, and despite recent dramatic falls in the price of oil, long-term energy costs continue to rise. According to the Office for National Statistics, the past decade has seen energy costs rise 52 per cent above the rate of inflation. Electricity alone has risen by 130 per cent since 2000 – approximately four times the rise in the retail price index over the same period. It’s easy to feel powerless about these


costs in the face of global geo-political trends, and club owners often assume there’s little they can do to reduce


their energy bills without compromising service and potentially upsetting members: no-one likes a pool that’s too cold or towel warmers that have been turned off as part of an economy drive. But the fact is that, alongside some


exciting new technology, there are many straightforward, simple steps owners and managers can take that will drastically reduce their bills without affecting the quality of service they extend to their customers.


Out of sight, out of mind? Many club owners would be shocked to discover just how much of their monthly energy bill can be attributed to sheer thoughtlessness. A recent example was a health club where the lights and heating were left on 24 hours a day for the cleaners, even though they didn’t come in until 5.00am. In another instance, a leisure centre was keeping the pool heating and air handling on constantly, simply because a duty manager had changed the settings six months previously and no-one had remembered to change them back. Because the plant operating these


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Health clubs can make huge savings simply by turning their lights off overnight Read Health Club Management online at healthclubmanagement.co.uk/digital


essential services is often out of sight and therefore out of mind, it tends to be overshadowed by the more visible front of house facilities when it comes


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