In a typical sports centre, energy costs are second onlyto labour costs, accounting for as much as 30% of totalrunning costs — a higher figure than in most other sectors.Anyone involved in the running of sports and leisure centres will find the advice in this publication useful, particularlygeneral managers and energy managers. Focusing on lowand no-cost measures which are likely to have the quickest payback, this overview demonstrates the best energysaving opportunities for the sector and will help with:
- Assessing the potential for energy savings and indicating key areas for improvement
- Raising awareness of energy conservation amongst staff and motivating them to reduce waste
- Appraising the overall performance of a sports and leisure centre.
Just by making a 10% improvement in the management of energy use, UK leisure facilities could save up to £70M each year and reduce carbon emissions by hundreds of thousands of tonnes.
To identify areas with the greatest savings potential, managers need to know where energy is being used and which processes consume the most energy. There area number of common areas within the sports and leisure
Where energy is commonly wasted:
Swimming pools are the major energy consumer in this sector— specifically the processes for heating the pool water and ventilating the pool hall.
For ‘dry’ centres (centres with no pool), space heating will be the largest energy user.
In each of the key consumption areas identified there are three main opportunities to save energy:
- Switching off — All energy consuming equipment should be switched off when not required
- Maintenance — A number of energy efficiency measures can be carried out as part of routine maintenance for little or no extra cost
- Refurbishment — Energy saving measures taken when planning major building refurbishment can be extremely cost-effective.