Harrogate pools swim towards energy savings

The borough of Harrogate in Yorkshire is swimming towards a pool-full of energy savings – after installing new software on energy meters at a string of its leisure centres. Leisure […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The borough of Harrogate in Yorkshire is swimming towards a pool-full of energy savings – after installing new software on energy meters at a string of its leisure centres.

Leisure centres such as the Harrogate Hydro which has three pools are one of the borough’s biggest energy users.

Swimming pools are notorious for potential energy waste, with water needing to be constantly filtered, heated and treated. They can use five times as much energy per square metre as offices, according to swimming governing body the ASA.

Harrogate Borough Council has a commitment to save 40% of its carbon emissions by 2020 so it is installing energy management software to can pinpoint where it’s using energy unnecessarily.

Garry Warren at SenseLogix which is behind the technology said: “When rolled out it will enable them to see all of the energy spend right across the leisure portfolio in one place.”

All existing meters across the site will be retrofitted to hook them up with the energy management platform which can provide real time data where required. Essentially the system works as a sub metering system which collects data.

Mr Warren added: “The software will also provide a full aM&T package to help the Council’s estates team monitor on-going performance, whilst also providing an easy to understand energy dashboard at site level to support end user engagement with both staff and visitors.”