Heat pump

The Sapphire Aquatic Centre in Pambula has recently installed two new energy-efficient heat pumps to maintain stable pool temperatures year-round, funded by the New South Wales Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund – Round 5.

Sapphire Aquatic Centre, Aquatic and Leisure Facilities Coordinator, Nic Hoynes, said the heat pump upgrade will significantly reduce the centre’s carbon footprint and energy costs.

“According to manufacturer equipment modelling, the new heat pumps are expected to achieve a significant reduction in energy consumption and CO² emissions when compared with the previous units,” Mr Hoynes said. 

“And while the pumps are keeping water temperatures steady, they will also keep our costs down, with an expected annual saving of $19,000 due to their reduced electrical consumption.”

Mr Hoynes said he is looking forward to comparing energy consumption information and seeing what the savings will be. 

“These upgrades couldn’t have come at a better time with the cold months knocking at our door. This stable and efficient heating will lead to a much better experience for our customers, regardless of the outside temperature,” Mr Hoynes said.

“The reduced carbon footprint also contributes to Council’s overall sustainability goals and meets community expectations that we manage the environmental impact of our facilities.”

Mr Hoynes said through securing funding from the New South Wales government, Sapphire Aquatic Centre was able to replace the 13-year-old heat pumps, which had reached the end of their serviceable life.

Feature image: Sapphire Aquatic Centre heat pumps. Provided by Bega Valley Shire Council.

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