If members don’t attend the gym during the winter months, surely fitness club owners can save a fortune in energy costs?
Nowadays we are spoilt for choice with luxury gyms. Open spaces with copious amounts of modern electrical equipment, beaming with more high-wattage lights than a football pitch. Many of the city centre facilities we use today are open 24/7, allowing members the freedom to workout whenever they feel the need. While this added freedom may be great for consumers, constantly running equipment plays havoc with energy consumption.
We are all familiar with how busy gyms become in January, filled with optimistic new attendees aspiring to begin a New Year fitness regime. Before then, there is a real lull in the number of people working out in December. Taking these fluctuations in demand into account, what can gym owners do to minimise their energy bills in the next three months?
Only Keep Certain Areas of Equipment On
From treadmills to cross trainers, gyms have hundreds of pieces of equipment which are often left on at the same time. Instead of leaving all of the machines left on standby, switch a proportion of them off at the wall and leave a designated section left on for members to use.
Chances are if you leave all of the machines on standby members will gradually switch all of them on during use and you will end up having your entire collection powered up unnecessarily. There’s a weird awkwardness among gym members, many of whom will not use a machine if there’s somebody else right next to them.
You don’t want to annoy your members, but there’s no sense in keeping 150 machines running if you’ve only got a handful of people in the room.
Schedule Exercise Classes
If the standby battle is wearing you down, have a few hours in the day where all your equipment is switched off.
People are often discouraged to attend the gym during the run up to Christmas, so give them some motivation by arranging exercise classes during the holidays. Activities such as Zumba and MetaFit require barely any energy, aside from lighting and music, and it is a great way to inspire your members in typically slack months.
Think About Restricting Your Opening Times
This is a tricky one, as many gyms attract members on the promise that they’ll have 24-hour access to the club, so you can’t suddenly turn around and say you’re closing at 8pm.
This is where a bit of data analysis can pay dividends. Look back at attendance levels in previous winter months and see if any patterns emerge. If there was a two-week period in December when only a tiny percentage of members used the gym late at night, write it into your terms and conditions that you reserve the right to close early in off-peak periods.
As long as you make this perfectly clear to new members from the outset, you’ll be fine, and you can save yourself a fortune.
As there will be fewer people attending the gym, the need for air conditioning will lessen too. While you don’t want to roast your gym members, if it is possible, open a window as opposed to turning on the air conditioning. This will eliminate the need to adjust the temperature from one extreme to another as members finish their workouts and your staff start to feel the cold.
Also, consider the efficiency of any appliances you might be offering in your changing rooms. Are your hair dryers economical? Are you using LED bulbs? You’ll be surprised at how minor tweaks can save you plenty of money.
Turn Off Music and Televisions
One of the first things you notice when you enter a gym is the loud music pumping through the entire vicinity, however if the numbers are low, turn the music off, as most people listen to music through their personal headphones anyway.
The centrepiece of many modern gyms is a dozen luxury plasma screen TVs proudly mounted above the equipment, providing some entertainment for people during their workouts. Ensure that you are not wasting unnecessary energy by having these TVs switched off at the wall as opposed to on standby.
While some of these tips may seem a little pedantic, they really could help you to save money over the sparse Christmas period, allowing you to concentrate your finances on the inevitable flurry of activity in January.
If you are concerned about your business electricity consumption and want to see if you could save money anywhere else, why not consultant one of our expert advisors today and see whether you could save?