Waterless urinals, energy efficient lighting and heat exchangers installed to lower air-conditioning power use are just some of the ways the club is doing its bit for the environment. Listed below are some fun facts about what we’ve done to go green. Electricity

  • About 500 light fittings and bulbs changed throughout the club to utilise compact fluorescent and LED lighting rather than energy thirsty halogen. Conversion of all existing 36W T8 tubes to 28W T5 tubes.
  • Heat exchangers installed to all air conditioning units resulting in a significant increase in performance and decrease in energy use. Monitoring and statistical data shows an improvement in efficiency of 15-20%.
  • Replacement of existing electric hot water system with new heat pump system resulted in savings of around 75% energy.
  • A 3kW solar system installed to the CRSL community centre.
  • Installation of high efficiency hand dryers to all bathroom amenities and an alternative choice of paper wipes (recycled paper supplier) given.
  • Installation of floor to ceiling glazing and alfresco dining areas to ensure good natural lighting.
  • Energy efficient appliances installed around the Club including movement detecting lights in areas not used regularly and appliances being switched off at walls when not in use.
  • Staff are educated regularly on initiatives to ensure compliance.
  • Extensive glazing to the building has suitably sized and angled awnings that ensure air conditioning is not overloaded due to temperature swings from solar penetration.
  • A partnership forged with local authority (Gold Coast City Council) for the holding of workshops targeting Energy and Smart Living for reduction in costs and consumption.
  • Environmental officers conducting educational tours with school groups, industry association, clubs and anyone else who could learn and be inspired by CRSLs results.
  • Total cost of these electricity saving solutions was approximately $67,000. Data analysis projects a payback period well less than 2 years with savings in energy of around 20% or $5000 per month experienced.
  • Energy saved equates to that of around 19 households or 1,022,780MJ.