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Sports club cuts energy bills and improves service continuity

North Merchiston Club received free support from to insulate the building and install new boilers. The club not only save money on their energy bills but have ensured that the club facilities are usable for members all year round.

Small Scottish businesses in every sector can benefit from simple, easy-to-install energy efficient measures. By making your energy equipment work for your business, the associated costs could significantly decrease.  Future proofing businesses is key to minimising the stark implications of climate change.

“Our old boilers were over 30 years old which caused major problems for the club when they kept breaking down in the typically harsh Scottish winter. We were losing money and club members as parts of the building became unusable, so we urgently needed to upgrade our equipment. Economising on gas and electricity is a priority for the club so we formed an energy group to tackle the problem and decided to apply for the Scottish Government unsecured, interest-free SME Loans.

“The installation of the new boilers, which is the second phase of our energy saving programme, is estimated to save almost £1,000 a year on gas bills which could make a huge difference for us. The SME Loan and cashback offer made it easier for us to install the boilers and added insulation sooner.

“This club has been serving the community since the 1920s and the loan has helped us keep our doors open for our 45 different groups to make the best use of our facilities, gym and café. I would encourage more small businesses to take advantage of what’s on offer because fixing problems and upgrading equipment is only going to benefit your business in the long term.” Catherine Lowe, Centre Manager of North Merchiston Club.

The SME Loan is an opportunity for businesses to make practical changes to combat climate change, by simply upgrading their equipment. More information about the SME Loan is available online. To start your application, call 0808 808 2268.

The North Merchiston Club is part of the Green Network for Businesses which provides them with the opportunity to share their experiences and learnings with other organisations interested in making energy efficiency improvements.  

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Please call our friendly team on 0808 808 2268 or email us to arrange your free energy assessment. 


Our service is funded by the Scottish Government and by the European Regional Development Fund through the £73 million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme. The support provided to this organisation was delivered by Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme, which has been relaunched as Zero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support Service as of 1 April 2020.

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