The RRRink Cuts Costs with Cool Energy Savings

Case Study, Ice rinks, LEDs, Refrigeration

The RRRink—the only indoor ice arena in Medford, Oregon—has hundreds of hockey and figure skating customers each month. This 37,500-square-foot facility has long operating hours, which leads to both high energy use and high utility bills. In 2014, the RRRink worked with Energy Trust of Oregon to identify cost-effective efficiency measures. The assessment identified lighting and refrigeration upgrades as the main energy-saving opportunities.

The RRRink’s retrofit included upgrading compressor controls on the refrigeration system that freezes and maintains the rink’s surface and replacing existing 400-watt metal halide fixtures with 125-watt high-bay LEDs. After making these upgrades, the RRRink’s owners report saving 195,000 kilowatt-hours annually and paying less on monthly utility bills.

The lighting upgrade also provided a benefit to the RRRink’s customers. They reported better visibility after shadows on the ice caused by the old lighting system disappeared.

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