Partnership UES- Energy Efficient Solutions for Long Term Club Savings
Our partners at UES shares 3 Energy-Efficient solutions for long term club savings
In an era where environmental sustainability and financial decision-making are at the forefront of football club priorities, here are three energy-efficient solutions that reduce your carbon footprint and boost long-term savings.
Solar PV systems are a game changer in the world of energy savings. By converting sunlight into electricity, clubs can tap into a renewable, clean energy source that offers many benefits. Installing solar panels on the club’s facilities demonstrates a commitment to the environment and opens a realm of financial advantages.
- Reduced Carbon Footprint: Solar PV systems generate electricity without emitting greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change mitigation.
- Clean Energy: Solar power is a clean energy source, aligning with sustainable practices and responsible resource management.
- Energy Cost Savings: Solar PV systems generate electricity from sunlight, reducing reliance on grid electricity and significant long-term savings.
- Revenue Generation: Surplus energy can be fed into the grid, earning revenue through net metering.
A recent installation at a sports club in Frocester comprised 47 panels generating over 18,000 kWh of electricity. The clubhouse is open weekends for matches and during the week for community activities and events. With the solar panels installed, it can rely on sun-powered energy for up to 50% of the time.
Financially, the club will pay off the initial investment in 13 years. And over 25 years, they will save a massive £18,519.
Sometimes, a club can benefit from installing battery storage to accompany their solar PV system. Batteries store energy for later use, offering a flexible energy supply management solution. Storing energy can be advantageous during cloudy days or at night, reducing reliance on grid electricity.
LED lighting upgrades are a low-cost but highly impactful solution for football clubs. LED lights have evolved significantly, offering brighter, more efficient, and longer-lasting illumination than traditional lighting sources.
Benefits of LED Lighting
- Energy Savings: LED lights consume much less energy than conventional lighting, reducing electricity bills.
- Longevity: LED bulbs have a longer lifespan, reducing replacement and maintenance costs.
- Improved Quality: LED lighting provides better colour and distribution, enhancing the overall aesthetics and functionality of the club’s facilities.
We recently worked in The Greenway Centre, a large community building in Bristol. The client faced high energy and maintenance costs associated with the existing fluorescent lighting.
After talks with UES (Unitary Engineering Services) and an energy consultant, The Greenway Centre took the plunge and upgraded 454 fittings across their campus. The projections were staggering, with potential annual cost savings of over £25,000 and a carbon footprint reduction of 29,000kg CO2e.
Upgrading Your Heating System
Heating systems are critical in maintaining comfort within football clubs, especially during colder months. Upgrading modern and energy-efficient heating systems can yield substantial energy savings and improved reliability.
Benefits of Upgrading Heating Systems
- Energy Efficiency: Modern heating systems are designed to optimise fuel consumption and reduce waste.
- Smart Controls: Advanced heating systems offer programmable thermostats and zone controls, enabling precise temperature management and energy conservation.
- Long-Term Savings: While the initial investment may be higher, the long-term operational savings and reduced maintenance costs justify the upgrade.
We have upgraded heating systems in various commercial sectors to help lower carbon footprints and increase long-term savings. A project that comes to mind is Broadmead Baptist Church – where we replaced two unreliable boilers where parts were becoming obsolete.
A new condensing system has massively helped the church. Timed and temperature-controlled heating allows different building areas to provide optimum comfort without the staff having to act. The efficient boilers mean the church will save up to 30% on energy bills.
Investing in the most effective energy-efficient solution is essential, with environmental sustainability and monetary responsibility at the forefront of the club’s mind.
Solar PV, LED lighting, and upgrading heating systems offer immediate and long-term benefits. Solar PV demonstrates a commitment to the environment while delivering financial savings, and battery storage ensures a reliable energy supply even when the sun is not shining. LED lighting provides instant energy savings and superior quality, and upgrading your heating system enhances comfort and financial efficiency.
Embrace energy efficiency to secure a sustainable future for your club and significant long-term savings. By doing so, you lead by example and position your club as a responsible steward of the environment and a wise manager of resources.