Energy saving tips for GAA clubs
This winter will be a challenging one for GAA clubs. As energy costs continue to rise, many clubs will struggle to meet the cost of keeping their sports and community activities running as the days grow colder and the evenings darker. The GAA Green Club programme has some advice for clubs looking to cut down on energy costs and to reduce the carbon footprint of their club activities.
Start by understanding your energy usage and then take action with low-cost quick wins, moderate cost retrofits, and investment projects for long-term savings.
Start by Understanding your energy use
Review your energy bills
Draw up a simple table or list of costs and quantities e.g kWh, litres for all the clubs energy and fuel bills electricity, gas, generator diesel, machinery fuel e.g. pitch and maintenance equipment, etc.
To make immediate savings where current tariffs and charges are not set appropriately.
To identify opportunities for saving.
To establish a baseline that will highlight unusual spikes in usage.
Top Tip: Check if the MIC on your bill is right for your club. You will have an agreement with your supplier on the maximum amount of electricity that can be supplied to your premises at a given time, known as the Maximum Import Capacity MIC. If the MIC is set too high, your club might be paying more than necessary in each electricity bill. If set too low, your club could face a substantial excess capacity charge each time you go over the agreed MIC.
Take your own meter readings
Nominate someone to take and record meeting readings at key times and regular intervals.
To identify what your clubs major electricity users are.
If your bill is estimated, to show if your club is being charged correctly or not.
To show spikes or unexpected patterns in usage.
Take Action with:
Low-cost quick wins.
Significant savings at moderate cost.
The Green Club Programme is a partnership between the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association and local authorities across Ireland.
Low-cost quick wins Increase energy efficiency
Nominate someone from each team and committee as well as outside user groups to take responsibility for turning off the lights in in changing rooms, toilets, the gym, and meeting rooms after use.
Plan floodlighting and other exterior lighting e.g. carparks, walkways, security lights timings in advance to save energy and money.
Space & Water Heating
Communicate with team management, club users, and match organisers in advance to confirm that showers will be in use and at what time they will be needed before turning on water heating.
Ensure heating is timed or turned on only for rooms that are in use and only for the period needed.
Identify and block off draughts and avoid leaving windows and doors open when heating is in use.