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Time for Ice Arena Refrigeration Improvements; Save Money & Energy

In Minnesota, the State of Hockey, ice arenas are very common and can be the hub of activity in the winter.  But they also are very costly to run.

Ice arenas are one of the most energy-intensive facilities owned by cities often exceeding $10,000-per-month in energy.  Why? Think about it, these facilities are open long days, every day during winter months resulting in higher lighting and ventilation costs.  In addition, the refrigeration systems required for making and maintaining the ice sheets require large amounts of energy.  Because of its high energy use, making a few updates to an ice arena offers you one of the best opportunity for reducing energy consumption and savings money.

There are quick, low-cost modifications and some that require more work.  Some of the low-cost opportunities include:

  • modifying existing controls
  • reducing or increasing temperature set points
  • turning off lights or equipment when not in use

Bigger projects can also bring more substantial savings.  Some ideas include, investing in modifications to existing refrigeration and dehumidification equipment, which includes controls and equipment upgrades.  New controls and modifications to the refrigeration system improve the operation of refrigeration systems, often saving as much as 30% of the electricity required by the system.

Rink dehumidification is also an energy-intense system and another good target for reduction in energy use because of its high costs. When this area is improved, it can save more than 30% of your annual dehumidification costs. LED lighting technologies area also an option for arena lighting.  New LED products will cut electric use for lighting by more than 50%.

With arena season slowing down this time of year, now is the time to make improvements to save money next winter.  You can use that savings to pay for other improvements such as:  conversion away from R-22, or replacing aging equipment.

Apex Arena Solutions, SBC can help you with all of these ice arena refrigeration improvements and financing structure so you are getting the most out of your upgrades and making your arena the most energy efficient it can be.  Contact us to learn more.

Community Center Ice Rink
Project Date: 2013
Project Cost: $1.5 million

The City of Eden Prairie was in need of upgrades to aging equipment in its community center which houses three rinks. The city approached Apex to look at the best method for executing the project, making the repairs, minimizing operating costs and maximizing incentives.
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