Spending money to save money

19 Aug Spending money to save money

“Ice arenas are costly operations  — and it can be challenging to balance the budget,” says Florian Gabriel of REALice Canada, “you need to invest to make something happen. That’s exactly what our customers are doing. They’re investing today to save money tomorrow.”

Just like Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation did last month. See the news coverage here: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/390564211.html

The cost of energy is a constantly changing, and usually increasing, variable. Some provinces have an abundance of electricity and their rates reflect that. Look at Manitoba and Ontario, for example. These two provinces – neighbours – have an electricity difference of EIGHTEEN CENTS PER KILOWATT HOUR.

Costs for natural gas vary, too. Different suppliers have different ways of charging their customers for the natural gas they use and may build the extra charges into the cubic metre being sold, or list additional surcharges – like delivery fees – to a customer’s bill.

One thing is certain, though. Until our energy suppliers find ways to deliver cost-efficient, clean energy to their consumers, our energy prices will continue to increase.

REALice can reduce your natural gas bills by up to 79% — and your electricity bills by an estimated 12%. For a facility using 1,000,000 kWh per year, a 12% reduction in your hydro charges is a real savings, unspent energy costs will never need to be paid for again so your yearly budget can take the money that savings represents and re-allocate it to other programs, equipment, salaries or less-expensive fees for your user groups.

REALice is a way of spending money to save money with future long term benefits. Long term benefits that go far beyond the 5 years manufacturers warranty. The first REALice unit was installed 1998 in Malmö, Southern Sweden and is still operational, so only 2 years short of being in use for 20 years!

To find out more about the kind of savings a REALice system could bring your arena, go to our savings calculator and plug in your numbers or give me a call and I’ll walk you through it. I think the savings that REALice will bring will surprise you. If you are not ready to spend the money, you can rent the system for a season and try it out. Your savings are likely to exceed our rental cost and you will start saving right away.

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