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Reducing energy costs

How to reduce energy costs for local physical activity and sports facilities.


There are many challenges arising from the current economic circumstances and the needs for operators to maintain financial and environmental sustainability.

This guidance aims to give practical support on how energy efficiency measures can reduce running costs for organisations involved with small physical activity and sports facilities.

This page, and associated set of documents, describe the range of local physical activity and sports facilities and many types of energy reduction features that are available, as well as providing a framework for assessing energy costs.

Floodlights on a 4G community football pitch

This ‘energy crisis’ has added considerable urgency to discussions on the use of energy and the implications for wider global warming and climate change.

Not least for the sport and leisure industries and, perhaps most crucially, for the diverse range of small community organisations that provide for sport and physical activities at a local level.

In many ways these are the backbone of sport and leisure in the UK and include, for example, local sport clubs, village halls and community hubs that often operate with voluntary support and with modest budgets and minimal financial reserves.

For some, the recent energy increases will limit their offer to users and even threaten their future viability. 

There will be immediate impacts from the increase in the gas, oil and electricity bills for heating and hot water, and increased costs of fuel for the operation of grounds maintenance equipment.

There will also be secondary impacts as inflationary pressures work through other parts of the economy and potentially the way the people travel to and use the facilities.

This initiative looks at the ways increased energy costs can be monitored, managed and, where appropriate, reduced.

It suggests a logical step-by-step framework for organisations to self-assess their own individual situation and decide on appropriate action.

It discusses:

  • Taking stock: setting up a process for assessing the available data from utility bills and meter readings;
  • The benefits of smart meter technologies: improved automated energy monitoring and controls;
  • Typical high-use energy areas: identifying the high use areas where most saving might be made;
  • Developing a plan with reduction targets;
  • Monitoring energy reductions: ensuring any changes are effective, understood and supported by users;
  • Further information is provided throughout via the below documents.

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