Lights are one of the ice rink’s largest electricity consumers. Keeping the lights on in the facility when it is empty, consumes energy which could be avoided by allowing staff to control the lights in the arena. The lights generate heat, that needs to be removed by the refrigeration system to maintain good ice. Arenas can increase efficiency by giving staff control of the lighting. Therefore if on/off toggles are in use to operate the lights, consider making them key-controlled light switches.
Beyond staff controlling some of the main lights, occupancy sensors can be installed in area locations such as storage rooms, restrooms, back offices, and hallways.
That includes the facility’s dressing rooms for example operated with the sensors that have a generous 30-minute window to automatically switch off after no activity is detected.
The amount of energy consumed or wasted depends on what kind of light is left on. A “normal” incandescent bulb costs about ten times more than new LED lights. The amount of electricity consumed to supply the inrush current is equal to a few seconds or less of normal light operation.
Turning off fluorescent lights for more than 5 seconds will save more energy than will be consumed in turning them back on again. The lighting also contributes to the energy demand charges at the arena.
- Lights are only on when needed
- Load on the ice plant