Aquatic leisure centres

Energy efficient aquatic centre

Heating, filtration, showers, ventilation systems and lighting all contribute significantly to your energy bills.  

Taking action and investing in energy efficiency can cut costs and often achieve other benefits such as reduced water and chemical consumption, an increased reputation for responsible environmental performance and improved customer satisfaction.

Top energy-saving tips:

Pool heating and filtration

Check that pumps are the right size for your pool and its filtration requirements so they are not using more energy than needed. Installing variable speed drives (VSDs) means you can ramp down the speed of pool pumps and fans outside of peak periods to deliver significant energy savings.

Some pool heating alternatives include heat pumps, solar pre-heating and cogeneration. Selecting pool heating equipment that suits both the thermal requirements and operational conditions of your aquatic centre is key to managing energy consumption.


Upgrading lighting to the latest LED technology can deliver significant savings, often paying back the upfront investment within two years.

Shorter showers

Stop money going down the drain by installing water efficient shower heads and time flow taps.

Pool blankets

A small upfront investment of a pool blanket will reduce evaporation and heat loss when the pool is not being used.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Indoor aquatic centres can be difficult to keep comfortable throughout the seasons. Optimising your HVAC system can not only improve how and when your system runs (saving you energy and money), it can also improve indoor air quality, thermal comfort and humidity levels for patrons.

Smart systems, big savings

A Building Management System can automatically adjust your equipment settings to maximise operational efficiency and patron comfort while minimising energy use.


Submeters are a cost effective way to identify thousands of dollars in energy savings opportunities. They can provide you with sophisticated data about your site’s energy use that a standard utility meter cannot. Submeters can reveal operational inefficiencies such as identifying equipment that is running unnecessarily. This data can help you to compare and benchmark usage across similar facilities and over time.

How much can you save?

Savings vary from business to business. Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre is enjoying potential savings of $1.9 million over 10 years from projects with a capital cost of $300,000.

How can we help?

Energy experts

We have a team of professionals dedicated to helping you save energy and cut your power bills.  Understanding your current situation through an energy audit is often the first step.  We can connect you with a local energy efficiency expert who knows your industry, is up-to-date with the latest technologies and can identify your biggest savings.

Training courses

Our regular training courses can help you make your business more energy efficient and reduce costs.

Online tools and resources

Our range of tools and resources can help you save energy.

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Page last updated: 12 June 2018