'Cosy blanket' keeps Lenton pool warm and saves energy
SWIMMERS at a pool in Lenton should be a bit cosier after it was given £4,500 from energy company E.ON.
The money for the Lenton Centre, in Willoughby Street, will be used to draught-proof the double doors at the main entrance, fit a new energy-saving cover to the pool and install solar-powered lights.
The new pool cover – which was installed last week – means the pool will not lose so much heat overnight.
Centre manager Sue Rider said: "It acts as a cosy blanket for the swimming pool water. It means that overnight the pool retains heat and is a bit warmer. It's only half a degree or so but it makes a difference."
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Regular swimmer Chris Harrison, from Lenton, said: "I've already noticed a difference in the morning. It's slightly warmer when the cover has just come off."
Carl Towner, chief executive of the Lenton Centre, added: "This is going to make a big difference to the leisure centre and will also help to educate the local community about energy use and conservation.
"We're grateful to E.ON for recognising that the Lenton Centre is a worthwhile cause.
"The donation will go a long way in helping us reduce our carbon footprint and increasing sustainability at the centre, as the new equipment will help to cut our running costs."
The application is one of seven in Nottingham which was successful in getting cash from E.ON's Sustainable Energy Fund.
A total of £20,000 has been awarded to community projects to help them reduce energy use, create renewable energy and increase understanding of energy efficiency.
Other projects to receive money include Meadows Ozone Energy Services; AMC Gardens in The Meadows; Nottingham Community Voluntary Service, for use in Wollaton and Radford; Hope Nottingham in Beeston; New Art Exchange in Hyson Green; and the SEND Project in Sneinton.
Alison Gibson, senior community relations officer at E.ON, said: "We've been impressed by the applications for the Sustainable Energy Fund and it's very encouraging that a number of community groups are committed to boosting their energy efficiency and looking at ways of generating energy from renewable sources.
"We hope these grant-winning community groups will also be able to spread the message about sustainable energy and encourage residents to be more energy efficient in their own homes."
E.ON has put together a number of suggestions to help save energy at www.eonenergy.com/waystosave.