Electricity Use by Country Clubs
For North Carolinians, golfing is a sport used as an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Long day at work? Head to the country club and hit the links! But what about for country club employees? The long, hot days golf course owners and managers involve many of the same responsibilities as any other business.
Employee salaries, landscaping, course maintenance, and electricity bills all factor into a golf course’s bottom line. Hidden expenses include: charging electric golf carts, the irrigation system, space heating for the clubhouse, lighting parking lots, and lighting the golf course (for courses with lights along fairways and greens).
UGI EnergyLink is a commercial electricity supplier for North Carolina golf courses—we’ve been in the business for over 127 years. Keep reading to learn how golf course managers can use energy deregulation to their benefit and receive an affordable electricity rate.
How Golf Courses in NC Use Electricity
Almost every part of your course your members or employees use need electricity, including:
- Landscaping and maintenance
- Irrigation systems
- Security and video surveillance
- The Pro Shop
- Golf cart charging
- Dining rooms, kitchens, catering, and food stands
- Offices and workstations (computers, phones, etc.)
- Intercom and paging systems
- Special events (wedding receptions, banquets, etc.)
- Digital signage
- Heating, cooling, and ventilation
- And more
How to Manage Electricity at North Carolina Golf Courses
The average 18-hole golf course can use as much as 500,000 kWh of electricity in a single year. Courses in North Carolina can consume even more than this due to the extreme heat throughout the summer, causing your irrigation system to work longer periods of time to keep your fairways looking green year-round. In addition to your irrigation pumps operating for extended periods of time, cooling your clubhouse for members returning from a long round of golf can significantly increase the time your air conditioner runs, consuming electricity in greater amounts.
If you’re looking for a way to save money on your electric bill for your North Carolina golf course, consider shopping around for better rates from commercial electricity suppliers.
How Deregulated Electricity Benefits Golf Courses
A deregulated electricity market promotes a lower electricity rates for your golf course. Saving a few pennies on your kWh (kilowatt per hour) rate can result in saving your golf course hundreds or thousands on your bottom line each year.
North Carolina Golf Course Electricity Supplier
UGI EnergyLink is here to help you make the best energy decisions for your golf course. As a result of electricity deregulation in North Carolina, we offer two pricing options for owners of golf courses, including:
Achieve price certainty with a fixed pricing option for commercial electricity from UGI EnergyLink. Your month-to-month price rate remains constant, allowing you to better budget for your facility.
For owners of multiple golf courses or golf management companies, variable pricing allows you to accept some level of risk by taking advantage of market pricing. Wholesale market conditions dictate whether your commercial electric rates increase or decrease.