Saving Energy At Your Club
Saving energy at your club in all areas including the dining room, golf operations and the executive offices is becoming a bigger deal as ever before for multiple reasons. Saving energy also equates to saving money and in these times every single penny counts. Your membership is currently more aware of what it means to be “green” than ever before. The “green” issue can be a useful marketing tool if you are onboard or a PR nightmare if you believe it is a fad.
With fuel prices being as volatile as ever before in US history and the dollar losing ground to the Euro, every little bit that can be saved will help all of us in the future and help you and your bottom line right now.
Believe it or not, there are actually many easy ways to cut your energy usage, without having to make unwanted sacrifices. By making some small changes you will be able to reduce your energy consumption and thus reduce your energy bill by saving energy.
Saving Energy Tips For Your Country Club, Golf Course or Resort
1. Set your thermostat comfortably low in the winter and comfortably high in the summer. Install a programmable thermostat that is compatible with your heating and cooling system.
2. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs to light your facility. They use a lot less energy than incandescent light bulbs.
3. Turn off your computer and its monitor when they aren't being used. If you feel the need to keep your computer on when you aren't using it, at least switch the monitor off. It will keep wasting energy even when in standby.
4. Plug computers, printers and fax machines into power strips. When you are not using the equipment turn the power strips off. Equipment in standby mode still consumes energy.
5. Clean your commercial refrigerator or commercial freezer on a regular basis. In addition, check all connections and hoses so there are no leaks.
6. Keep your club’s vehicles in good working order. Keep maintenance records on all of the vehicles including vans, buses, golf carts and the like. Change filters regularly, and ensure the motorized engines are running smoothly. A vehicle which is maintained properly will consume less fuel. Regularly check the battery chargers as well as the amount of water in the batteries for your electric golf carts or other electric vehicles.
7. Keep regularly scheduled replacement of filters for the buildings heating and air conditioning systems. With dirty filters the unit must work harder and will not be saving energy for you.
8. Depending on the time of year, program the heating or cooling system as needed to keep comfortable temperatures for your members and staff. The use of shades and/or curtains can be helpful in saving energy.
9. Insist and inspect that your staff is washing only full loads of dishes and/or laundry. Washing a half-load will still use the same amount of water and energy as a full load.
10. Start a recycling program at your country club, golf course or resort. This is an easy thing to do that does not cost much upfront money and it can give your staff a cause to come together.
Hopefully you will implement all ten of these strategies as you are saving energy in the “green” environment we currently live.
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