The Groundsman

June 2012

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14 FEATURE the Groundsman June 2012 Committee members John Watling, formerly club chairman for 13 years, and Andrew Roscoe, spearheaded the campaign. John, a retired civil engineer with an experienced background in project management/ business/environmental consultancy, began with the strategy. Andrew, who has since emigrated, focused ("very successfully", adds John) on the necessary funding that would be required to turn their ideas into reality. "Aside from the money-saving aspect, the project would benefit our members who would be part of a club that is environmentally aware, actively aiming to reduce emissions and educating members to be energy aware," says John. "As well as this, the money saved through electricity bills could be put back into the club to improve our facilities and to help increase our capacity for more members for both sporting and social reasons. The club environment would also be enhanced, producing a more rewarding experience for all members." The club is open throughout the year for cricket, tennis, table tennis and darts; it has a cricket team that competes in the Cheshire league, a Sunday social side and junior squads for under 13s, 15s and 18s, plus a 20/20 team. John Watling worked closely with fellow club member Andrew Roscoe Action stations In addition to the installation of Solar PV panels, the club undertook a myriad of actions, including: • Upgraded existing appliances to modern highly efficient appliances and removed unnecessary energy consuming appliances • Replaced old bottle coolers with new energy efficient models- with timers to avoid use of electricity at premium rates – reduced beer lines (from two to one) to reduce beer waste and reduce the amount of energy required for cooling; switch off cellar cooling system in winter months when not needed • Changed existing halogen light bulbs in entrance hall and bar to LED low energy lighting; removed existing strip lights from back of bar and toilets, existing lighting in bar lounge and existing lighting in function room and replaced all with LED fittings • Added insulation in roof space over bar lounge, function room and beer store • Replaced 3 kW heaters in function room with new controllable units • Timers installed on outside lighting to limit use to the hours of darkness • Installed heat exchange system to warm bar lounge – the new system uses 10% of the energy of the previous fan air system • Installed solar light pipes in the bar and entrance hall to negate the need for electrical lighting during daylight hours – entrance hall painted in white and yellow • Installed double-glazed windows • Rebuilt the kitchen to incorporate energy efficient lighting and kitchen equipment where possible • Reduced paper consumption: monthly newsletter communicated by email and through club website (thereby reducing use of paper and cost of postage). The plan included small and large-scale projects - some inexpensive, some high cost – and all were designed to reduce energy use or dependence on the National Grid electrical production.

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