This is how fitness studios and retailers want to save energy

First the pandemic, now rising energy costs. The stress test for distributors and dealers is not over.

Louisburg. Since the federal government’s energy-saving guidelines on September 1, facade radiation has been reduced, storefront lighting has been turned off, and air conditioning and heating have been limited.

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“It is similar to the Corona Ordinance. Some formulations of this current package of measures for the electricity supply are relatively difficult and leave room for interpretation and room for manoeuvre. We are currently in the process of clarifying this,” says the administrator of the city ​​Markus Fischer, naming Paragraph 11 “Restrictions on the use of illuminated advertising systems”. In accordance with this, the operation of illuminated or light-emitting advertising systems is prohibited from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. the next day. “There are numerous inquiries from traders and business people about this.” These would be sent to the city administration in a package. “There is a will to implement the measures,” emphasizes Fischer.

Oberpaur has changed the lighting to LED

The Oberpaur fashion house is already one step further. “We’ve already done quite a bit in recent years,” says managing director Christoph Sprenger: All lighting has been converted to LED technology. The installation of a photovoltaic system on the roof is currently planned. The entry portals remain closed, the ambient temperature, whether hot or cold, will adjust accordingly. “We pay attention to moderate temperatures where our customers and employees feel comfortable.”

The exterior lighting, i.e. the Oberpaur inscription, is switched off after 10:00 p.m. The lighting of the shop windows will be regulated, “depending on how many passers-by are still in motion, we will turn them off after 9:00 p.m.”. Weren’t you worried that this might attract thieves or vandals? “No”, Sprenger is optimistic, “I don’t think this will have negative effects. Here we are in the pedestrian zone and in a positive environment”, says Sprenger.

The textile cleaning industry has comparatively high energy costs

In the textile cleaning industry, energy costs represent around 10 to 15 percent of annual sales. This is very high compared to other sectors. However, there is great potential for savings in energy and water consumption. With the help of heat exchangers, the heat from the washing water is recovered and used in his company, explains Michael Schulz, managing director of the Möglingen laundry on Friedenstrasse.

Residual steam, which is generated during the operation of mangroves, dryers and mechanical presses in the laundry and is normally emitted through the roof to equalize pressure, is a valuable source of heat and is fed back into the heating circuit. “Cold water is heated and fed into the washing process,” explains Schulz. “So we always have hot water, which costs us next to nothing.”

Sauna only when necessary

Managing Director Brigitte Bagosi says that the lighting in her “Body Talk” fitness studio on Uhlandstraße was converted to LED a long time ago. A consultation of the members revealed that it would be acceptable if the saunas were only turned on when necessary. “Our members are very cooperative there.” Brigitte Bagosi reports that they have eliminated the solariums. And some devices like ergometers, elliptical trainers, and rowing machines are powered by built-in power generators. They convert kinetic energy into electricity, which is then used to power the on-board computer and brakes. There is no air conditioning, “our windows are always open”. Last year the heating in the training area was turned off, only the bathrooms and changing rooms were overheated. “We don’t want members and employees to freeze.” It goes without saying that she and her team must “make a contribution to the protection of the environment and the general public in the area of ​​energy saving”, emphasizes Brigitte Bagosi.

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“We’re not competitive without saunas,” says Mario Klas, General Manager of “Milk & Honey” at Bleyle Tower, but: “Saunas only run on request or at set times.” Your employees are sensitized to pay attention to whether the lighting should be on. “There are still some adjustments we can make,” adds Klas, “especially in the private sector.”

Parking guidance systems with LED technology

And how does the Ludwigsburg city administration handle it? For example, at city entrances there are parking guidance system signs indicating the capacity of parking spaces. Aren’t they energy guzzlers? “In the city of Ludwigsburg there are four indicators to display traffic information,” the press office announced. These writings on the screens are displayed with LED lights, “so the power consumption is low.” Due to the dark background, very few lights are on, because only the displayed sources are active as LED indicators. The digital entrance signs to the city are not in operation 24 hours a day. “The consumption is therefore 2.5 kilowatts per day per LED screen, which is very low.”

Marstall-Center and Breuningerland are trying to save money

Reduce air conditioning and heating to save energy? Are these measures being taken at the Marstall Center? “We have already taken several energy-saving measures at the Marstall to save energy,” explains the center’s director, Nadine Fensterer, by turning off the lighting in the outside area. “The center is district heated, in autumn/winter temperatures are reduced by a small amount of heating, in compliance with all contractual and legal requirements and obligations, Fensterer said.”Through forward-looking strategic purchasing of the required amounts of energy, we were able to lock in prices and are therefore well below current market prices, which in turn benefits tenants in terms of ancillary costs.”

Breuningerland has also taken up the cause of saving energy. “Reducing energy intensity and reducing the carbon footprint are integral parts of Breuningerland Ludwigsburg’s business philosophy,” says Marketing Director Valeriia Grushetska. “We have been working fundamentally, but for several months now we have been working hard to identify energy saving potentials and take advantage of them.” Additionally, the mall is in close contact with rental partners regarding in-store measures.

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