No good business will want to waste money. Failing to explore the ways your tennis club can become energy efficient is a form of wasting money.
A few small changes could make a significant difference to your annual energy bills. Take a look at the advice provided below to help you lower the cost of your electricity and lower energy consumption.
Any club or business that welcomes the public onto its premises should be well-lit. This will help to make the club feel more welcoming to guests.
As well as well-lit public areas, indoor and outdoor tennis courts often have to be lit. This can mean that lighting is one of the biggest electricity drains for a tennis club.
Replacing traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient LED alternatives is a great way to reduce energy consumption.
Depending on the LED bulb you use and its purpose, you could save as much as 90% of the energy used on traditional lighting. Energy savings won’t always be this high, but LED lighting can make a big difference.
Investing in LED lighting for indoor areas and for floodlights on outdoor tennis courts can make a massive difference.
Tennis clubs can often make use of renewable energy sources to minimise the electricity required to power the facility. Installing solar panels on the tennis club roof can help you minimise the energy you need from a supplier.
Implementing an end-of-night check to ensure everything that can be switched off has been switched off is very important. This will minimise the risk of energy being wasted when nobody is using it.
Computers and other devices that are left in standby mode can use as much as 16% of the energy they require when fully operational.
If your tennis club leaves a number of appliances in standby mode, the cost of this over the year will surprise you.
An end-of-night check will also help to ensure lights are off in areas where they are not required.
Having a professional conduct an energy audit will identify areas where energy consumption can be improved. In some cases, these can be small changes that can be easily communicated to staff.
If the auditor identifies major issues that are wasting energy this could be expensive to resolve. Creating a long-term plan that gradually resolves these issues can make this more affordable.
An example of this could be an inefficient boiler or equipment. It might not make financial sense to simply throw them out immediately, but when it is time to replace them this can be dealt with.