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Monitor Energy Use

The first step in managing energy use is to conduct a site audit and identify where energy is being used and possibly wasted. Free advice is available from The Green Blue and our team would be pleased to help you with this.

Once sources of energy consumption have been identified, an energy saving plan can be drawn up and measures put in place to reduce energy consumption. The most obvious sources of energy use will be lighting and heating. Many facilities will also have power available outside for maintenance activities.

It is helpful to conduct a site audit at least twice a year so that seasonal differences can be taken into account – e.g. if you conduct an audit in summer, you may not notice if winter heating controls are set incorrectly.

It is also prudent to monitor your meter readings and energy bills so that any steep increases in energy use are spotted. If the heating controls are set incorrectly for example, heating may come on at night when club buildings are empty, but this would not necessarily be noticed unless someone is monitoring the bills/meter.

Low Cost Measures

  • Nominate someone to monitor energy use regularly
  • Install energy efficient light bulbs
  • Adopt a switch off policy
  • Insulate heating pipes
  • Check room temperature and thermostat settings are between 18 and 21 degrees
  • Turn off heating in unused rooms
  • Ensure fridges and vending machines are installed away from heat sources and south facing windows
  • Turn down hot water thermostats to 60 degrees. (60 degrees is recommended as the lowest to prevent breeding Legionnella)
  • Keep windows clean to ensure maximum natural light
  • Ensure radiators are not obstructed by furniture
  • Fit draft excluders to doors and windows
  • Install automatic switches on hand and hair dryers
  • Switch to a proven green tariff for electricity supply
  • Try a paperless approach or if printing is essential, set printers to double-sided
  • Take advantage of tax incentives to invest in energy saving equipment
  • Clean filters and extractor fans to keep them working efficiently
  • Regularly maintain and service heating

Higher cost measures

  • Install light sensors which will automatically switch off lights when no one is around
  • Insulate wall and roof cavities
  • Install double glazing
  • Replace hot water tanks which heat and store water with an efficient instant “heat on demand” or combi system
  • Install solar hot water heating panels
  • Install photovoltaic cells   
  • Install wind generators
  • Invest in power down equipment to switch off non essential equipment at night

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