Inverness club bowled over by energy efficiency savings

A community bowling club has boosted its sustainability thanks to funding from Resource Efficient Scotland’s SME loan scheme.

18 Mar 16

The Inverness and District Indoor Bowling Club, situated in the outskirts of Inverness, is the most northerly indoor bowling club on the Scottish mainland and was first opened in 1999.

The building’s lower walls are constructed from blockwork, with insulated cladding on the upper walls and roof with no natural lighting able to get through. As a result of rising costs from heating and lighting systems, the club’s committee decided to investigate more sustainable options.

After doing some research on the SME loan fund and getting advice from Resource Efficient Scotland, the club applied for an interest free loan of £49,000, to be repaid over four years.

With the funds in place they were able to install a gas fired radiant heating system and replaced their original sodium lights with LEDs. This led to significant reductions in both their operating costs and carbon footprint.

In one year, thanks to installing the radiant heating and converting from LPG to natural gas, the club have saved a fantastic £5100. This is on top of a saving of £1550 from converting to LED lighting.

Gordon Anderson, Vice President of the Inverness and District Indoor Bowling Club said:

"The Resource Efficient Scotland SME loan has provided a boost to the sustainability of our club by greatly reducing our energy costs.

“Both the management committee and members are delighted and very impressed with the advice, support and financial assistance we’ve been given.

“Thanks to the installation of a highly economic and efficient LED lighting system, as well as installing an energy saving radiant heating system, they’ve helped us improve the club's overall energy efficiency and thereby reduced our energy bills.

“This will leave a legacy in the form of an improved building for current and future club members and also creates a more comfortable atmosphere for all bowling participants.”

As a result of the measures, the club has seen a reduction in gas consumption of 27% and a reduction in carbon emissions of 8.3 tonnes of Co2 per annum.

The more efficient LED system has also reduced the club’s electricity consumption from lighting by 52%.

The radiant heating system was designed and installed by local Inverness-based Barnie Group, with the LED lighting fitted by J.M.Campbell Ltd from Dornoch.

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficient Scotland said:

“The targeted funding and support provided by Resource Efficient Scotland has helped Scottish organisations save tens of thousands in operating costs. Often SMEs find that a lack of time, money or access to the right skills prevents them from making these changes and accessing their share of the savings.

“I’m therefore delighted for the Inverness and District Indoor Bowling Club and what they’ve been able to achieve through some simple resource efficiency measures.”

RES is a programme of Zero Waste Scotland that helps the public, private and third sectors reduce costs by using their energy, water and raw materials more efficiently. Businesses and organisations can benefit from a suite of online tools as well as a dedicated advice phone line designed to provide support in all areas of sustainability.

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Notes For Editors

Editor’s Notes

  • Photographs show: Gordon Anderson Vice President with Daniel Johns the local implementation advisor for SME loans and Rae McKay President of Club
  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Circular Economy Strategy and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. We are supporting progress towards Scotland’s ambitious zero waste targets and enabling Scottish society to reap the benefits of more efficient use of resources.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit our website or follow @scotgovESIF.
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