Whether we like it or not, electrical bills are a major drain on resources for your average soccer stadium or club. Soccer requires excellent lighting, and this causes a major issue because powerful lights are very very expensive in monthly costs. Smaller stadiums can spend upwards of 1000-3000$/month on electrical bills, while the largest stadiums probably have costs in excess of 30,000$+/month.
The Top 4 Ways to Save on Your Soccer Stadium’s Bill
A) Go Solar.
A soccer stadium in Albuquerque recently went solar and their electrical bill dropped from 1,500$/month to 41$/month! Their estimated savings for 25 years is 520,000$, while their cost for the project was only 143,000$. That’s an amazing ROI, and going solar is becoming cheaper. The government often provides very significant subsides to businesses that use solar energy.
B) Upgrade Your Lighting.
Old and outdated lighting can cost significantly more than modern LEDs. For example, the University of Phoenix’s stadium old HID lighting was replaced with energy efficient LED lighting that uses 75 percent less energy! That meant a massive saving in costs for the stadium for 2014’s Superbowl. Additionally, HIDs emit less heat than LEDs which led to a 30 percent decrease in the stadium’s cooling costs. These are very significant savings which are also helping the environment.
C) Get a Licensed Electrical Company to Inspect Your Premises.
There are probably dozens of inefficient energy systems in your stadium that are leeching energy and costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars a month. I highly recommend hiring a high quality electrician in Vaughan to take a look around your systems and current lighting to give you recommendations on the best way to proceed. Our stadium has used Transfer Electric in the past, and they’ve done a great job with the work they’ve done for us.
D) Make Sure Employees and Players Turn off Lights When Not in Use
This is so important. Most businesses lose so much money because they don’t turn off the lights when nobody’s there. There’s absolutely no reason why the lights should be on at full blast at 1 AM in the night when there’s nobody there. Make it a priority within your soccer club that these rules are followed, and that lights are turned off when rooms aren’t in use.