Sustainable future for energy savvy charity

A leisure complex in the West Highlands that was built by the community 20 years ago and continues to be run as a social enterprise is looking forward to a sustainable future after teaming up with Glasgow-based energy consultancy Orchard Energy.

Orchard has worked closely with the volunteer board of directors at Atlantis Leisure in Oban, Argyll and Bute to look at ways of reducing costs and minimising the impact of future energy price rises on the charity’s budgets.

In addition to planning the installation of new metering, Orchard has completed a detailed analysis of energy contracts, charges and usage at the complex, which includes a pool, flume, dance and fitness studios and sports facilities.

Orchard EnergyNick Wesley, General Manager at Atlantis Leisure, said the board had been presented with a transparent picture in relation to supplier charges which they felt had been important in helping them identify opportunities for long term savings. 

He said:

“The directors appreciated the time taken to strip down the various elements of the energy contracts so that they could see immediately which deals represented good value for money,” he said.

“We discovered that some of our energy usage was being charged at excessive rates because our contracts did not match our needs.

“New metering is also now being planned which will generate additional long term savings.”

Orchard’s Mark Williamson said:

“Our work at Atlantis has proved just how important it is to dig down into the terms and conditions of a contract rather than attempting to compare tender prices like for like.

“We typically look at every stage of an organisation’s energy journey, from procurement to consumption and efficiency, so that purchasing and strategy decisions can be based on the needs and priorities of the business, both now and in the future.

“Atlantis is continuing to fundraise to support ongoing growth and our role will be to make sure less money needs to be allocated to paying energy bills so that more of those funds can be spent on development.”


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