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  1. Carver Theatre Set the Stage to Reduce Their Heating & Energy Bills

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    The Carver Theatre is an amateur theatre that is situated on the outskirts of Stockport that hosts a wide range of performances and shows. The theatre consists of two different structures.

    The oldest building is the ‘stone building’ which was originally constructed in 1841 as three dwelling houses and a bakery. It was converted to one house in the early 1870’s and became part of a recreation club in 1898. This building has 3 floors, the basement is used as dressing rooms, ground floor is the bar and library, the first floor is the members area with meeting room, rehearsal room and costumes/props room. Some of the walls are up to 18 inches thick.

    The other building is the ‘wooden building’, the old recreation club gymnasium which was built in 1900. It is now the stage, auditorium, public entrance and toilet area. The seating was raked, in the 1970s, and a new stage was built in the late 1990s.

    In 2013, Philip Kiernan, one of 20 active volunteers at the Carver Theatre, began researching for a building energy management system that ticked all their boxes. He found HeatingSave via. the internet and on checking what the system would do, knew it ticked all boxes for the Carver Theatre. 

    When speaking to the HeatingSave reporter, Mr. Kiernan said he wanted to “try to make the heating more efficient.” He added, “our aim was to reduce the audience’s temperature complaints and to even it out so that the heating was on only when it was needed.” Before HeatingSave, the heating was on from 4pm until 11pm every day; an issue that they needed to address. 

    “I didn’t consider anyone else,” Mr. Keirnan told the reporter when asked why he chose HeatingSave: “It was the low cost and that we could access the system remotely which is very important when you don’t live next door to the building.” He particularly liked that HeatingSave’s building energy management system allowed him to program 12+ months of shows in one go. 

    Mr. Keirnan described the system training that he received as “very functional” to the HeatingSave reporter. 

    When asked what he likes most about HeatingSave’s building energy management system, Mr. Kiernan replied, “it’s a combination. It’s being able to set up a diary of heating plans that I can apply quickly so I can build a series of days very quickly but also the fact that I can do it from home and that I don’t have to go on site. I just let the system run itself, which is the beauty for us.”

    The HeatingSave Helpdesk also has an online, non-verbal system that “allows me to drop the non-urgent queries when the system’s running and I have a query about it or if I need something doing,” he said.  

    In 2016, Theatre management wanted to extend the Carver Theatre’s building management system and to add extra heating zones within the building. They did this by easily installing HeatingSave thermostatic radiator valves with wired heads to allow additional areas within the theatre to be heated at separate times. 

    Mr. Keirnan was very impressed with the level of service he received from HeatingSave’s Operational department: “2019 we had to have the line server repaired but I posted it down to you and it was fixed and returned and I had it back in operation within 7 days, which didn’t matter because the HeatingSave controllers were still running the heating system perfectly.”

    When asked if he would recommend HeatingSave to other theatres and organisations, Mr. Kiernan replied, “yes I would. If somebody asked me how Carver Theatre runs its heating I would show them the HeatingSave system we have installed.”

    Summing up HeatingSave’s building energy management system, Mr. Kiernan responded: “It’s a standalone system that you can easily get remote access to and that gives you multiple options for how to control different areas of your building.”

    Customer Information

    Carver Theatre
    1 Chadwick Street
    SK6 7AX

    Website: carvertheatre.co.uk
    Phone: 01614 273183
    Email: secretary@carvertheatre.co.uk

  2. London Youth Club Reduces Energy Bills with HeatingSave

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    Established in 1884, The Devas Club is a youth club and community centre, based in Battersea, London, offering opportunities and activities to young people aged 8 to 25. 

    Their facilities include a gym, recording studio and radio room, which are located on the lower ground floor. The ground floor also houses a fit-for-purpose kitchen, social areas, a computer suite and an art room. The first floor offers a large gymnasium and a smaller rehearsal space, while some office space is located on the second floor. There is an enclosed basketball court on the roof.

    In 2019, The Devas Club reached out to Crew Energy who deliver low-carbon solutions and energy advice in the Boroughs of South-West London. A central plank of Crew Energy’s method of cutting carbon is deploying HeatingSave as a retro-fit to existing heating/cooling systems. “We use HeatingSave because HeatingSave is such better value for money than the alternative options and works in cutting carbon emissions,” said the company’s director, Toby Costin.

    One of the main reasons The Devas Club installed a HeatingSave building management system (BMS) was to save money and reduce energy waste. Prior to HeatingSave, the entire building was heated from 8am for the office space on the second floor until 9pm when the youth club closes. The youth club opens from 4pm; therefore, large areas of the building were vacant throughout the day but were still being heated. “The ability to zone heat to suit needs” was a pivotal factor in the decision to use HeatingSave, Mr. Costin told our reporter.

    Toby Costin explained to the HeatingSave reporter The savings should be pretty big at The Devas Club. It will save them a lot of money because they were basically heating an empty building.” Due to Coronavirus, the building has not been in as much use as it normally would. This means that it is hard to say exactly how much they have been able to save but Mr. Costin believes the youth club will be “saving around 160kwh per year” when the youth club is back to its full use.

    “The staff at HeatingSave are brilliant. They always get back to us if we call them and will go through stuff with me or with a client,” Toby explained to the HeatingSave reporter. He added, “They go that extra mile, they really do. I am very happy with the level of support.”

    Asked whether he would recommend the HeatingSave building management system to other companies, Toby said, “Yes, it’s brilliant. I think it is excellent.”   

    When summing up HeatingSave in a few words, Mr. Costin said, “A fantastic product that can save money, cut carbon and improve air quality, which is important.”

    Customer Information

    The Devas Club
    2a Stormont Road
    SW11 5EN

    Website: devasclub.org
    Phone: 0207 223 0297
    Email: info@devasclub.org

  3. Plain Sailing at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club as HeatingSave Cuts Gas & Electricity Spending

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    Located on the water’s edge overlooking Cardiff Bay, Cardiff Bay Yacht Club can trace its origins all the way back to 1932. It is now one of the premier water sports clubs in Wales and was awarded ‘Volvo Championship Club’ status (now known as British Youth Sailing Recognised Club) in 2004 – one of only three clubs in Wales to achieve this remarkable standard.

    The Club offers its members a wide range of facilities both nautical and social. It has extensive mooring rights for 500 boats with a fully piled pontoon system on the River Ely, while its current Clubhouse, opened in 1998 by H.R.H. Princess Anne, has two bars, ample changing facilities, and the Club’s Administration Office as well as training facilities.

    Following the successful installation of a HeatingSave Building Management System in September 2020, our reporter spoke with Roger Wallington from Cardiff Bay Yacht Club. Besides being a member of the club, Roger also has a background in the management and utilisation of energy including experience with building management systems.

    Although he retired 20 years ago, Roger’s knowledge proved invaluable in turning the club’s utility expenses around. Whilst reviewing the club’s annual accounts, he spotted how much energy they were using – and how much it was costing the 1,000 registered members.

    After some analysis of the energy spend, and an in-depth utility survey, Roger presented to the club’s board a 60-page in-depth report highlighting that the “existing heating control system was out-of-date and abused.” 

    The Cardiff Bay Yacht Club boiler plant consists of a gas-fired propane condensing boiler on a wet heating system. The radiators are a mixture of standard ones and 3 large fan convectors located on the Quarterdeck Bar. The water heating for Domestic hot water and showers is provided by a separate propane boiler. 

    Roger recalls that inadequate metering was one of the main reasons why the Club was losing money. In his own words, “the electricity had one meter, the gas was not metered, and whilst the water was metered, the bill came every six months – that was a big problem and there needed to be some order.” Submeters were also recommended and now the consumption of each boiler is separately metered and both pontoon sets have both water and electricity meters. 

    Their existing “antiquated and inflexible control system,” posed even more problems. “It simply wasn’t fit for purpose,” Roger added. 

    Roger also explained that variable occupancy was definitely something they needed to consider when installing a new control system. “The club is not like a standard office,” he told the HeatingSave reporter. “There are many different areas such as the bars, restaurant, changing rooms, the office… and all of these are only open on certain days and times.”

    Following a very thorough research process, Roger found HeatingSave Building Management System to be the perfect solution to the club’s problems. Asked to explain where HeatingSave stood out against other competitors, Roger said that “the system is wireless, easy to install, value for money, and provided exactly what we needed with our operational patterns.”

    Asked if Cardiff Bay Yacht Club are currently using the HeatingSave system to its full potential, Roger’s quick reply was: “Yes, is the straight answer! Our previous system was basic. It couldn’t have coped with Covid and the restrictions that followed.” The water heating boiler has also been incorporated into the HeatingSave BMS functionality.

    Using the office PC to manage the software, the club has set up 13 different heating zones and also utilises the HeatingSave room booking system for irregular uses such as committee meetings.

    Roger is also looking forward to next year when he will be able to see what savings have been made under normal operating conditions using CUSUM analysis. “HeatingSave has enabled us to take advantage of the possibility to heat only specific areas of the building – and that flexibility has been able to save us money during the Covid period,” he commented.

    Variable occupancy is yet another area where HeatingSave has managed to help Cardiff Bay Yacht Club achieve significant savings. In Roger’s own words, “the occupancy sensors have even solved a problem we didn’t know we had.” Unaware to the committee, the club had a second heating circulation pump running 24/7 and exhaust fans also running 24/7 in the showers and toilets. The exhaust fans are now controlled by occupancy sensors to reduce energy consumption and the second circulating pump was taken out of use: “Overall, we have saved on electricity and gas heating costs,” Roger added. 

    The installation was not entirely straightforward due to the design and construction of the building. Extra extenders were required to ensure wifi integrity and these and other minor changes to some sensors were set up by Roger with the help of the HeatingSave Helpdesk. “I have a great relationship with the HeatingSave Helpdesk too,” said Roger. “They have always been very helpful.” 

    When asked by the HeatingSave reporter whether he would recommend the system to other similar clubs and leisure facilities, Roger promptly answered that he “would have no hesitation in recommending HeatingSave to any facility or organization that runs intermittent operations such as ourselves.”

    Summing up his experience of HeatingSave, Roger concluded “HeatingSave gives the club the flexibility it needs and the diagnostics have proved very useful – the software is all-encompassing.” 

    Customer Information

    Cardiff Bay Yacht Club
    Ely Harbour
    Ferry Road
    CF11 0JL

    Website: cbyc.co.uk
    Phone: 029 2066 6627
    Email: admin@cbyc.co.uk

  4. HeatingSave Hits a Hole-in-One for Energy Savings at Rugby Golf Club

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    The Rugby Golf Club was inaugurated in 1891. Its course has seen many changes over the years and is thought by many professionals and amateurs alike that although not long, 5614 yards, par 68, its many natural features make it a thinking man’s course. One of its feature is the now redundant railway viaduct built circa 1885.

    The Golf Club has more than 500 members, as well as 4 permanent employees and a few seasonal/temporary ones. Apart from the actual course, its facilities include a clubhouse that can accommodate up to 80 people sitting, as well as a Function Room, with wonderful views over the golf club, which will comfortably seat 24 people for a sit-down function or a business meeting.

    The buildings are heated using a gas-fired boiler and radiators. An immersion heating solution is also used for hot water provision.

    Mr. Steve Watts, the Rugby Golf Club Secretary, recalls that, by 2014, the club had started looking for a way to improve their central heating system, as it was becoming unfit for purpose.

    “The Club buildings are fairly old and the central heating system we had in place was also out of date. As such, in 2014, we decided to conduct a thorough review of our central heating requirements.”

    Around the same time, a HeatingSave representative paid us a visit and conducted a demo of the system. After careful consideration and comparison with the features provided by several competitors, we have decided to go for HeatingSave because it was the most appropriate solution for our specific requirements and needs” Steve told the HeatingSave reporter.

    Steve further explained the Club’s decision to install a HeatingSave BMS: “Even if our BMS system is not overly complex, we preferred to choose a company with a wealth of experience installing wide-scale systems.

    Of course, we were also interested in the efficiency savings HeatingSave promised to deliver.”

    “Last, but certainly not least, the price was right. We have managed to access European funding for energy savings within a programme dedicated to clubs such as ourselves, and that covered some of the costs.” Steve added.

    HeatingSave’s products are accredited and authorised by the UK Government on its Energy Savings Technology List. They are also approved by the Energy Saving Trust and The Carbon Trust and are eligible for a number of energy efficiency/environmental impact tax relief schemes, as well as the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) tax scheme for businesses.

    The system was installed and commissioned in the second half of 2014, and Steve praised the HeatingSave engineers on their work “The HeatingSave engineers were very good. They have put the system together very well. Even when after a few weeks, when our old boiler stopped working and we had to replace it altogether, the engineers were called in and swiftly reconnected the control board to the new boiler.”

    Steve believes that the system is “very easy to control” and that HeatingSave is currently being used at its full potential. “It’s has been running very well after being set up and tweaked to match our requirements and the specifics of our central heating system. We are very happy with it!” he added.

    Has the HeatingSave Building Management System (BMS) helped the Rugby Golf Club save money on their gas and electricity bills? Says Steve “Yes, it certainly has. We have managed to save 36%, on average, on our yearly energy bills compared to what we were paying 4 years ago, before the system was installed. Some of that is due to us negotiating better prices with the energy suppliers, but the bulk of the savings are achieved by the HeatingSave BMS.”

    Since the Rugby Golf Club also uses an immersion hot water heating system, it’s also quite important to point out that, with HeatingSave, immersions demand is matched by the “heat profile algorithm” to use the least amount of energy – this time saving money on the electricity bill. Complete control over the hot water temperature also allows users to include an automatic hot water “boost” to combat legionella. All this reduces the amount of electricity needed to heat the hot water – saving money at the same time.

    When asked what he likes most about the system, Steve’s answer was “What I like most about it is the fact that once it has been set up, it will simply work within the required parameters, without us having to keep it under constant observation.

    It also self-learns and adapts to our heating system as time goes by, which will only lead to more energy savings on the future.”

    The HeatingSave BMS has a mathematical algorithm (a series of quadratic equations) which have been designed to calculate and “learn” the heat loss profile of any heating zone. So long as the plumbing allows the control of the flow of heat into the zone, HeatingSave can calculate the heat loss profile of the zone. Armed with this information, the HeatingSave controller works out the latest time to switch on the heating for the given conditions, so as to reach the temperature you have set for a given time.

    Steve contacted the HeatingSave help desk on several occasions, especially after the system was initially installed, and praises the level of service delivered by the operators: “The help desks analysts were always very responsive, very helpful and committed to sorting out our problems as quickly and effectively as possible.”

    Would the Rugby Golf Club recommend the HeatingSave Building Management System to other similar clubs and leisure facilities? “Yes, we certainly would” was Steve’s enthusiastic reply.

    Asked to sum up HeatingSave in a few words, Steve concluded, “The HeatingSave system meets our specific requirements and helped us achieve significant energy savings. We are also very happy with the quality of the after-sales and technical support provided by the helpdesks analysts.”


    Customer Information

    Rugby Golf Club Ltd

    Clifton Road


    CV21 3RD

    Tel: 01788 542306


  5. Bourn Golf & Leisure Club saves fuel and money with HeatingSave

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    The Bourn Golf & Leisure club is located in a beautiful setting in the rural Cambridgeshire, and offers members and visitors alike access to 2 golf courses (18 holes plus pitch and putt), 2 putting greens, a driving range, as well as a top-range health club featuring a swimming pool with sauna and steam room, as well as high-quality bar and restaurant.

    Due to its remote setting, with no access to gas pipelines, the club’s central heating system relies on 3 oil-fired boilers that power their extensive radiator system.

    Mr. Daniel Barker, the Bourn Golf & Leisure Club General Manager, recalls that, back in the second part of 2011, the Club started looking for an energy management solution that would enable them to achieve “a superior level of efficiency and better management of our heating system, as well as serious costs savings”. (more…)

  6. The Marine Society and Sea Cadets save thousands by installing a HeatingSave system

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    The Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MSSC), a charity formed in 2004 from a merger of The Marine Society and the Sea Cadet Association, exists to offer seafarers and prospective seafarers a range of services to enhance their well-being and lifestyle. The work of MSSC in support of professional seafarers has evolved over 250 years, reflecting the experiences of the UK´s maritime fortunes.

    The headquarters of the MSSC is located in Lambeth Road, London and comprises a large Victorian building heated by a gas fired, Hamworthy 3 boiler multi-boiler system. Essentially, there is one heating zone for the building and another for the hot water cylinder. In November 2008 the MSSC chief executive, Mike Cornish, was looking at ways in which MSSC could make savings on the ever increasing cost of energy. “We needed to cut our heating costs and in particular gas” he explained to the HeatingSave reporter. (more…)