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Sports and Health Clubs

Plymouth Argyle Solar Panels

Stadium Solar Panels may sound like a grand design, just like the Plymouth Argyle Solar Panels IU Energy is installing at their superb new Grandstand. But golf clubs, smaller sports clubs and cricket grounds can make big savings by switching to better fixed term green tariffs and fitting more efficient water heaters and lighting – and then there’s your local eco friendly gym. 

Eco friendly fitness and sport is already here

In the race to be a Zero Carbon economy by 2050, which the UK is committed to by the Paris Climate Agreement, nowhere is exempt. The City of Plymouth where Plymouth Argyle is based has committed to become Zero Carbon by 2030, a full twenty years before the Agreement comes into force.

With substantial but sometimes intermittent energy usage, sports stadia, gyms, health and other sports clubs are ideally placed to save money from fixed term green energy deals as a first step to going green. 

If you’re a big stadium with solar panels, the savings are potentially much greater, with energy cost savings from renewables easily exceeding £400,000 over twenty years.

The attitude of the public

67% of consumers would feel more positive towards the businesses that reduce their carbon footprint and that of their products. If you’re seen to be meeting their expectations, you’re likely to enjoy more trade if you’re operating eco friendly fitness and sports experiences.

What can we do aside from Solar – if we don’t have space?

LED lighting can also make a very big difference for smaller concerns and for floodlighting and public areas. If you’re a small facility, every penny saved on energy can go towards fan experience, ground upkeep, equipment and safety etc. 

Even without renewables, providing efficiently generated hot water from modern condensing boilers can save sizeable amounts of money and reduce your carbon footprint. 

Here are some of your options, depending on what type of facilities you operate –

  • Green electricity and gas tariffs
  • Fixed term green energy deals
  • Efficient gas condensing boilers
  • Solar PV (where roof or ground space allows)
  • Power Purchase Agreements (third party owns Solar Panels and sells you cheap electricity)
  • Battery Storage
  • Solar Thermal (where roof or ground space allows)
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – eco friendly gym & sports Facilities

Let’s not forget about a relatively inexpensive option to demonstrate that you’re one of the vanguard of environmentally friendly gyms and sports clubs – Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

For out of town gym members and users of other sports facilities – golf clubs for example, this option will soon mean the difference between customers using your facilities, or the one down the road where they can charge their EVs, perhaps as part of a loyalty scheme once they’ve checked in automatically. It’s an opportunity, or a threat, and it’s already upon us.

“We are very pleased to team up with IU Energy once again in a mutually supportive arrangement, which enables them to improve our energy performance…”

Chief Executive, Plymouth Argyle

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