Learn how simple switches slashed this golf club's energy bill

Learn how simple switches slashed this golf club's energy bill

Energy Savings
Published on 19 September 2019

Simple ways to drive a hole in one with your energy bill: Cammeray Golf Club


You might think that the General Manager of one of Sydney’s oldest golf clubs spend his time perfecting his swing, but the reality is very different. Just like any other small business manager, Layton Gould juggles all aspects of the business including regulatory burdens, increasing overheads and rising energy bills.

How much was the golf club spending on energy?

His annual energy bill expenditure is $37,021 and has experienced a substantial increase in the past year, with the rate almost doubling since January 2018. Feeling baffled, this ex-accountant created spreadsheets to track every usage across the business, trying to identify changes in rate and consumption. The bottom line is that energy is his second-highest cost with people as the first. 
As part of the Business Energy Advice Program, an Australian Government initiative delivered by Australian Business, Energy Consultant & Expert, Anthony Cooper was on the ground at Cammeray Golf Club for an Energy Efficiency Advice & Audit. 
“The figures Layton is seeing are no surprise. The arts and entertainment industry are one of the highest consumers of energy and generally in need of help”, Anthony says.
“It’s positive to know that we can still save on energy even though we were locked in a 4-year contract. We are projected to save $10,000 on energy costs. This will help us reinvest that we are going to use that for. Additional training for our staff, new initiatives to attract junior golfers for the club and new equipment for our members”, Layton says.

What did the energy audit uncover?

Fridge costs

As part of the energy audit, there were three large commercial fridges operating 365 days a year, 24/7. The fridges are not fully utilised and the suggestion was to review the use and decommission one or two. 
“One of the big-ticket items was the three large commercial fridges that were inefficiently stocked. We have now consolidated them into one and turned off the others. We found that the fridge seals needed replacement. My daughter helped me to perform a simple test which was to just put a card through the seal. The seal is still good if there is a little resistance when pulling it out.” Leyton shares.

Heating costs

The staff were also using smaller fan heaters which can cost about $162 a year to run.
“Portable heaters used by our admin staff. They are small innocent-looking things but they chew up a lot of energy. We have now changed our approach to more efficient energy.”

Display costs

There were display drink cabinets that didn’t refrigeration for 24 hours. For less than $25, you can purchase a timer from Bunnings which automatically switches off when not used. This simple device has the potential to slice hundreds off the energy bill.

Buggy costs

Golf buggies were not all used at once and were always fully charged. It was advised to review the mileage before recharging.
 “Golf carts were the energy-consuming items. We have identified a strategy to match the charging with the demand with the rest of the week. On an as needs basis.”

Creating a change in culture

The last thing to ensure is that your staff are energy savvy. Good habits cost nothing but can result in significant savings. So when they’re in the office using the computer, there are a few things they can do such as turning off the TV and Air conditioning when they finished up overnight.
“The beap initial consult gave us practical advice on things we can do to reduce energy usage and empower our staff to reduce energy usage”.

About beap

The Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP) will deliver trusted advice to help small businesses get better energy deals and reduce their energy usage.

There are two components to the program:

  • An energy advisory service delivered by the Department of the Environment and Energy's roll out partner, the NSW Business Chamber, to help small businesses understand their energy saving opportunities and more effectively switch retailers
  • An energy benchmarking tool that allows small businesses to compare their energy spend against their peers  
To see how beap can help your small business save, please get in touch.
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