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    James Longley

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    Last Updated May 13, 2024

    Where can energy be saved in gyms?

    Gyms usually become much quieter during the winter months, but can gym owners save on their energy bills during this time?

    Many gyms usually begin to get much busier during January as many people begin their new year’s resolution regime, new classes start and optimistic new members set up gym memberships.

    Within this guide, we’ll suggest how owners can minimise their energy bills during off-peak periods.

    Energy management strategy for gyms

    It is important for gym owners to have an effective energy management strategy to help control their bills. One way of reducing energy usage is taking advantage of low attendance. If a gym uses less electricity, this will result in lower carbon emissions which will also help the environment.

    How can gyms and fitness centres save on their energy bills?

    Taking steps to save on cost and energy in your gym can help to reduce cost and can also benefit the environment. Winter is a great time to reduce cost and consumption – below we list some top tips to help you save energy needed in the gym during colder and quieter periods.

    Noticing where your business can save not only helps save money, but it also helps the environment. Winter is the perfect time to look how much energy could be saved. Our experts have put together this list of how you can save on the energy produced in your gym.

    1. Install Motion Sensors in Changing Rooms

    Motion sensors are a great investment when trying to avoid just the energy consumption that is unnecessary. Think about how many lights and electrical equipment are wasting electivity when not being used especially in a gym. Even if the equipment has a energy efficient label on, it will still be using a lot of electricity when not being used.

    Do the lights need to be on in the changing rooms when they are not being used? Installing motion sensors will ensure the lights and appliances in the room will turn on when the room is being occupied which will save a lot of wastage when the room is unoccupied. This could be especially helpful during those winter months when fewer people come to do their normal workout.

    1. Only have some equipment turned on

    The gym is full of equipment such as treadmills, cross trainers, rowers and much more when are often all left turned on even we not being used to workout. To save on cost and energy, do not leave machines on standby and switch them off at the wall and ask gym members to use a specific section when attendance is low.

    We understand that gym members want their space when working out but for a gym business this means all the gym equipment will be turned on unnecessarily.

    1. Consider changing your opening hours

    We know that it is appealing for a gym business to be open 24 hours a day so they are accessible for everyone.

    It would be unfair for a 24-hour gym to suddenly start closing at 6pm so this is where some in depth analysis can help. Look at previous attendance levels during winter and investigate any patterns that appear.

    If you know there will be two weeks at the end of December that has a very low attendance levels, you can add to your terms and conditions that the gym can close early at off peak times. If customers are aware of this straight away, this shouldn’t cause any problems. This small change could save your gym a considerable amount on their energy cost.

    1. Start exercise classes

    Starting exercise classes during the winter months could save cost but how much electricity could this save? By scheduling these classes, many members will attend the class rather than the gym meaning that most the equipment can be turned off for a few hours.

    By scheduling classes during these months, it also keeps attendance high during these quieter times and requires a lot less electricity than switching on everything in the gym.

    1. Install efficient equipment

    If there are less attendees during the winter, the need to have the air conditioning on will become less too. If members get too hot in the gym you could try opening a window if possible, rather than turning on the air conditioning. This means the needs to constantly change the temperature will lessen.

    1. Adapt the changing rooms

    Think about all the equipment used in changing rooms such as lighting, hair dryers, shower heads and LED mirrors, how energy efficient are these products?

    By changing this equipment to more economical versions, this will save your gym on how much electricity is needed during off peak hours.

    1. Turn down the music

    One of the first things we notice when stepping into the gym is the loud music that is constantly playing. Many members prefer to listen to their own music and if there are only a small number of members in the gym, consider turning the music off completely.

    1. Turn of the TV’s

    Many fitness clubs have huge plasma TVs scattered all over the walls of the gym above all the equipment to provide entertainment to gym goers during their workout. Similarly, to not leaving equipment on standby, it is just as important to not leave the TV’s on standby. By turning the power off at the wall rather than on standby, will save your gym a lot of energy.

    Tips for making your gym more green

    Although we have focused on saving money during the quieter winter months, don’t forget it is just as important to save on energy consumption all year round. A few of our top energy saving tips include:

    • Go paperless
    • Encourage members to bring reusable bottles for their workout
    • Switch to renewable energy sources
    • Choose a green electricity tariff
    • Introduce more recycling bins
    • Power off when not needed
    • Install energy generating equipment ­­­­– These are machines such as gym’s treadmills, elliptical machines and bicycles that generate enough electricity using human power that feeds back into the building’s supply.
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    Conclusion

    Some of these tips might seem a little over the top but they can save you a considerable amount of energy and money in the long run. Even making a few small changes can have a big impact and save money that can be used elsewhere in the business.

    If you are unsure on where you can save energy in your business, get in touch with one of our energy consultants today to see how much you could save?

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