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Reduce Your Gym’s Electricity Costs on Summer Peak Demand Days

This post was originally published by APPI, an IHRSA group purchasing supplier.

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You can greatly benefit from reducing energy consumption on the five days of the year when the highest demand on the electricity grid occurs. Peak demand typically arises in afternoon hours during summer months.

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4 Opportunities to Save with IHRSA’s Group Purchasing Program 

It’s budget time! Want to save some money in 2017?
 Then you’ll want to make good use of one of IHRSA’s most valuable member benefits: the IHRSA Group Purchasing Program

By utilizing it, you can avoid the frustrating, time-consuming process of searching for the best deal when shopping for a variety of club needs, including insurance, utility services, maintenance supplies, and even music licensing. 

This program is available both to the association’s club and associate member companies. Just consider the opportunities: 

Savings Opportunity #1: Insurance 

Every club requires insurance, and, by taking advantage of IHRSA’s Group Purchasing Program,
 you can obtain coverage at attractive rates from 
Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) Property/Casualty through any insurance agent, including your current one. You can choose from general liability, professional, directors and officers (D&O), and cyber. A wide
range of specialized coverages also are available. 

The program performs as promised, said Herb Lipsman, the former COO of the Houston Oaks Country 
Club and Family Sports Retreat, in Hockley, TX. “We were always looking to control our costs. ... That’s why I was pleased when I heard about IHRSA’s insurance program. Our savings more than covered our IHRSA annual dues and convention registration.” 

Savings Opportunity #2: Utilities 

With energy prices at a historic low, now’s the time to contact a consultant from Affiliated Power Purchasers International (APPI) for a free consultation. APPI is an independent energy-consulting firm that helps clubs manage and reduce their energy costs. A staff of engineers, tariff and regulatory specialists, and financial and legal professionals can assist you in navigating the maze of energy options. 

An exclusive IHRSA membership benefit: APPI can obtain the best price and contract terms from many electricity and natural gas suppliers, manage all paperwork for a seamless transition, and provide ongoing customer service and energy solutions. 

Savings Opportunity #3: Maintenance Supplies 

Grainger, a leading distributor of industrial supplies, offers more than one million products from over 3,000 facility-maintenance suppliers. As an IHRSA member, you’ll receive 10% off all Grainger catalog and online products,18% off select janitorial/sanitation products, deep discounts on frequently purchased items, and free standard shipping on orders. 

Savings Opportunity #4: Music Licensing 

If your club is like most, then licensed music is a vital part of your offering. If so, you’ll want to consider Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), a non-profit organization that represents the interests of more than 500,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. As a member of IHRSA, you can save up to 15% off your BMI Fitness License by licensing and paying your fees online. 

To cash in on these member-only savings, visit our Group Purchasing page. Or, if there’s a supplier you’d like to see added to the program, please contact IHRSA Senior Manager Theresa Duffy.


10 Tips to Reduce Energy Costs for Health Clubs

From lighting to heating and cooling, energy bills can add up—resulting in a major operating expense for health clubs. Luckily, you can take several steps to cut energy costs and, ultimately, benefit your bottom line.

Here are 10 easy, fast, and permanent ways to reduce electricity costs from APPI Energy, an IHRSA group purchasing supplier.  

  1. Lighting. Replace outdated incandescent light bulbs with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact florescent light bulbs. Install occupancy sensors so lights will only operate when motion is detected. 
  2. Heating/Cooling. Adjusting the temperature in your club by only a few degrees can significantly lower energy costs. Many electricity utility companies offer financial incentives for upgrading HVAC systems. 
  3. Demand Response Program. Receive payments for voluntarily reducing electricity usage during peak demand times. This also benefits the grid system and the environment. 
  4. Efficiency Project. Upgrade your facility and equipment. Install energy efficient appliances and machines. Many state governments and electricity utility companies offer financial incentives and reimbursements for clubs to save energy.
  5. Reduce Consumption. Schedule operations for off-peak hours. Use an on-site generator. Shut down equipment whenever possible. 
  6. Energy Audit. An efficiency expert can evaluate your club and procedures, and identify ways to increase efficiencies, including peak load scheduling, upgrading HVAC systems, and upgrading to advanced metering technology. 
  7. Energy Data Tracking. Online energy management systems track and report energy costs and consumption. Benchmarking tools measure efficiency projects. Clubs can be compared to similar locations to identify ways to cut costs. 
  8. Review Your Energy Bill. Ensure you pay the correct price per kilowatt hour. Look for added costs and line items. 
  9. Fixed Price. Mitigate risk exposure to volatile energy prices by using a fixed-price electricity supply contract.
  10. IHRSA Member Benefit. Since 2002, IHRSA has endorsed APPI Energy to provide data-driven procurement and consulting solutions to members. APPI Energy reviews thousands of supplier prices every day to deliver true apples-to-apples comparisons.  For a courtesy evaluation, contact 800-520-6685 or