An ice skating rink is an extremely energy consuming business. It makes use of huge amounts of energy, simply to sustain itself at a temperature for the ice to remain in a stable, solid state. This is even more of an energy intensive venture in warmer and hotter countries where even the winter temperatures do not take a dip into subzero. With the world facing climate change and imminent energy crisis, it is the responsibility of every conscious ice skating rink owner to look into energy efficient processes to cut down on the energy consumption at their rink. While it may take an initial investment, it is also more profitable in the long run as the running costs will drop with energy efficient process. Here are some measures that you can take to boost energy efficiency.
Look into better air quality
Invest in good air filters such as Filter King which can cut down on the foreign impurities in the air and ensure that only fresh air is circulated in the rink. The heavy dust and the impurities in air settle down in the rink, thereby creating a layer of particles over the ice which is extremely undesirable as the ice coated with this layer needs a colder temperature to maintain a solid state of the ice. This causes the energy consumption to increase exponentially. It is particularly more essential in warmer areas where dust is a major problem. Clean air also ensures a lower chance of your customers getting airborne diseases and allergies.
Invest in better ice
Impurities in water lower its freezing point, thereby requiring colder temperature and thus, higher amounts of energy to freeze it into ice. Thus, in order to cut down on your energy usage invest in better quality water, with less impurities. While a water purifies is indeed a onetime expensive buy, it will definitely lower your costs substantially over the years and you can definitely expect lower bills. Regularly scrape off the dirty soiled ice and replace with fresh ice as not only it remains cold for longer, it also looks aesthetically better, thereby improving footfalls. If regular maintenance of ice is too expensive or energy consuming, you can look into synthetic ice to replace natural ice. It is much easier to maintain and offers the same experience to skaters.
Find a temperature balance
Most ice skating rinks maintain an ambient temperature of about 15 C which is indeed quite pleasant and ambient for the users but the higher temperatures you set inside the rink, the faster will your ice melt. This results in the ground becoming mushy which is not only extremely unpleasant to look at, but also quite dangerous as it becomes very slippery and hence, the ice must be hard to ensure safety. Therefore, this would lead to extremely high energy consumption in order to maintain the ice at a stable hard state. While it is definitely not a good idea to freeze your customers, you should try to keep the temperatures lower. Even 2-5 degrees lower temperatures will be much more energy efficient for running your rink.
These small but significant steps towards energy efficiency can substantially improve the environment as well as drastically reduce the running bills of your ice skating rink. Your one-time investment into energy saving techniques and technology will reap you years of profit in the long run.