Energy

Lighting

An area where most clubs can improve on is efficient lighting. While we try to change as many light bulbs to efficient LED replacements, there are often fluorescent tubes, (linear) halogen bulbs or field / court lighting that we aren’t able to change then and there as they require new fittings, or are simply too high up for our teams to reach. Changing all these extra lights is usually worth the up-front investment, definitely from an environmental perspective, but also from a financial perspective. Learn more…

Appliances
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Appliances around your club can have a big impact on your monthly power bill. Even during times when your club rooms are not in use, as long as they are connected to electrical outlets appliances are still using electricity. We recommend switching all stand-by appliances off completely when not in use. This can easily be done by plugging them into a power strip so you only have to flick a few switches to turn everything off.

Refrigeration

Sports clubs typically require a lot of refrigeration capacity - drinks, food, frozen items and ice are all important to a club’s everyday operations. But think twice before accepting that donation of an old domestic fridge or freezer - it could end up costing the club more than it saves. Both commercial and domestic-grade refrigeration are a silent but significant contributor to a club’s energy bills, and is often overlooked. Learn more…

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Many sports clubs across New Zealand operate at least one glass-fronted commercial fridge, or an old domestic fridge passed down from members’ households, to store non-perishable items such as bottled beer and soft drinks. Most of these fridges are running constantly, an unnecessary consumption of energy considering that the vast majority of clubs don’t operate all day, every day. Learn more…

Chillers

Many NZ sports clubs use walk-in cool stores, or chillers to store beer kegs alongside bottled drinks. In recent times, the turnover of beer kegs and the need to store large quantities of bottles is becoming significantly smaller, reducing the need to operate a walk-in cool store. The operation of a walk-in chiller could be consuming up to 50% of a club’s total electricity costs. Learn more…

Stoves & Ovens

Whether you are planning to upgrade to a new stove top or are just curious about their energy usage, the following advantages and disadvantages of gas and electric devices should guide you into the right direction. Deciding on which is the best option for your club depends on the club’s preference and the hook up systems installed in the kitchen. Learn more…

Water Heating Systems

Some clubs use a lot of hot water, and have big energy bills to match. Since many clubs have old, inefficient water heaters, replacing them with modern, efficient models can be a smart economic and environmental choice. If your club is considering replacing its old hot water heater, or adding more capacity, it’s important to think about the club’s needs and usage patterns first , before deciding on which type to go for. Learn more…

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Space Heating Systems

Choosing a heating and cooling system for your clubroom can be tough - there are many options on the market. Different variables apply for specific building types which combined with a club’s usage patterns should inform the correct choice. By considering the following points, you can work out how to heat and/or cool your facility most efficiently and sustainably. Learn more…

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Insulation

Correct insulation reduces heat flow in and out of a building, making it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. As a bonus, this also means that it reduces the amount of money required to heat and cool your club. Many clubrooms in New Zealand were built before insulation was common, making them uncomfortable to be in and costly to run. Read on to find out what you should be looking for before insulating your clubrooms. Learn more…

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Solar Energy

Solar photovoltaic (PV) energy is experiencing a massive surge in popularity worldwide, and with good reason. PV systems are rapidly becoming cheaper and more efficient, making them a smart financial and environmental option. The following page is designed to help you decide whether a PV system could also make your sports club more sustainable and save money at the same time. Learn more…

Electricity Sources

In New Zealand we are fortunate to have access to plenty of renewable energy sources to generate our electricity. Renewable energy comes from sources that are naturally replenished in a relatively short timeframe. Sunlight, wind, water and geothermal heat are all renewable energy sources. New Zealand currently generates 84% of its total electricity through renewable sources. However, only 67% of this is from clean renewable sources. Learn more…