A TENNIS club is making a “racket” about its new green credentials.
That’s because Thongsbridge Tennis Club has installed a series of measures this year to reduce its running costs and environmental impact.
And they hope that the substantial amount of money they will save can be ploughed back into improving facilities.
The club, on Miry Lane, installed 200 solar panels on its roof in February which has so far saved 20,000KWh.
Thongsbridge Tennis Club – which also now recycles all its glass, paper and organic waste – has replaced its lightbulbs with more efficient LED lighting around the premises in December.
The lights, from DFX LED Lighting, Honley, are connected to occupancy sensors which means the lights only switch on when somebody is in the room.
The busy club has cut back on the amount of harmful chemicals used to clean the club buildings by using Enjo products which focus on cleaning with water alone.
And the club is hoping to reduce its water use this summer by installing water saving devices on its taps and toilets.
Tennis club officials are also exploring the possibilities of producing biogas to cut its gas use.
The club’s operations director Oliver Constance said: “Solar panels will generate £500,000 over the next 25 years so we can use that to reinvest in other things.
“It’s very good for businesses to take a responsible view on the environment.
“The economic climate makes that impossible for some businesses but there are usually savings that justify it from a green and a financial view.
“For a sports club of our size we don’t know of another that is doing this.”