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How I lowered my Fitness Center’s power bill from $1,980 a month to under $1,000 with the help of the Power Company

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Fitness Center Marketing won’t help you much if  your power bills are sucking every dollar out of our profit. There are many things you probably don’t think about that can lower your Gym power bills

by: Shannon Cook, Fitness Marketing Consltant and expert in How to open a 24 Hour Gym

Yes the power company will come to your business and help you find ways to lower your power bill for your gym business like they did for me.

The summer’s in Alabama are as hot as a blistered butt rash and my power bill almost doubled. I did everything I could think of to lower it like insulating the ceilings and making sure the air conditioner was maintained, but the air conditioner runs non stop when its 110 degrees outside.

The power company sent out an employee to do a power audit for me. He told me I could combine the 6 power meters into 2 and save $50 per meter because they charge $50 per meter plus power usage, which i did not know. I saved $200 per month just by doing that one thing.

Then he went through my gym. He told me to turn the water heaters down to 115 to 125 degrees to keep them  from working so hard to heat water to a high temp.

Then we looked at my lighting. He recommended i take the old strip lighting out that required T-12 bulbs and install the new energy efficient T-8 lights. Actually I had 28 lights to begin with, but with the light output of the new T-8 bulbs, I only have 13 now, and it puts out way more light and the ballast that run the bulbs are about 1/4 the size of the old ballast and don’t even get hot like the old ballast. If you have an acoustical ceiling with lay in lights, then you can get the new lay in lights with the T-8 small bulbs, or you can get a T-8 conversion kit for the old lights if you want to but it’s about as difficult as being married to my ex-wife to install. I also recommend getting the daylight type of bulbs because they are brighter and put off a better quality of light.

Then the guy suggested I install motion switches for all lighting. Here is where I went through hell backwards with gasoline underwear on. I wanted good switches that were easy to set and worked even if members were 50′ across the gym. I ordered the best motion activated light switches amazon offered, which was about $60 apiece.

Well, needless to say, I spent hours upon hours trying to set them to work right. I turned the setting a tiny bit to make it stay on for a few more minutes extra, but they wouldn’t come on at all then. I have about 6 switches all together so you can see how frustrating this was. I finally went to Lowe’s and got a $20 motion switch and put one in. It worked perfect and was easy to set for the correct 15 minute time limit I needed in the main gym area. The bathrooms and child play room have 5 minute time limits. Time limits meaning if their is no motion detected for the set time, then it goes off, but when motion is detected it automatically comes on.

Just note that if your going to buy a switch make sure it isn’t “auto off, manual on”, because it will not come on automatically, you have to press it on which defeats the purpose.

All these power saving changes made a tremendous difference in my overall power bill.

Make sure your ceiling is insulated with the correct amount of insulation also. if you have a drop ceiling or acoustical ceiling, then make sure the insulation is laying correctly and not scattered like a wasp nest in a tornado.

To buy the guide on How to Open a 24 Hour Fitness Center from scratch or convert your Gym into a 24 Hour Gym, go to www.how2ownagym.com

To contact Shannon Cook about Fitness Center Marketing Consulting or writing ads for your gym, email: shannoncook902@gmail.com

How to Start and/or Build a 24 hour Fully Automated Fitness Center, Gym, or Health Club from scratch, including quality exercise equipment, tanning beds, gym software, 24 hour access system, security system, and office equipment, just like I did

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

How to Start and/or Build a 24 hour Fully Automated Fitness Center, Gym, or Health Club from scratch, including quality exercise equipment, tanning beds, gym software, 24 hour access system, security system, and office equipment, just like I did

Learn from Shannon Cook, a current gym owner, former general contractor, commercial building landlord, and Fitness Marketing Consultant, how to go from your IDEA to the Grand Opening of your Fitness Center.

Also, how to convert an existing gym into a 24 hour fitness center by installing a 24 hour automated door access system, 911 system, and security cameras, and if that’s not enough, the gym door access system comes with a gym and fitness center management software system

 I’m so positive you will know everything about how to start a gym form scratch after reading this book, that i’m giving you 182.5 days, that’s 6 months to try it, and if you don’t like it, return it for a full refund

Why listen to me?

Because I did everything wrong before I did anything right. Fortunately I stuck with it and found some very successful businessmen to guide me, then innovated by turning my gym into a 24 hour fully automated gym, then spent over $15,000 to learn marketing the old fashioned way.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

First off, I’ll teach you how I took my gym from 50 members to over 300 in less than 3 months and exactly what I did and still do to make my little back woods gym one of the best known in my town.

Then you’ll learn;

HOW TO:

  • Research and Decide what kind of gym you want to open, from a 24 hour automated fitness center like the very popular 24 hour fitness and snap fitness, to a women’s only gym     
  • Incorporating or LLC?
  • Partnerships 
  • Franchise
  • Buy an Existing Club
  • Business Plan and Executive Summary
  •  Writing the Plan  
  •  Funding your Start up                                            
  •  Accounting for every dollar, for success             
  •  Naming your Gym   
  •  Becoming a Spy                                                     
  •  Location, Location, Location   
  •  Electrical
  •  Lighting 
  •  Air Conditioner and Heat Electrical needs           
  • Cable or Satellite hook up                                     
  • Phone service                                                         
  • Negotiating the Lease                                             
  • Choosing signage for Marketing your Gym          
  • Painting the interior of your gym                           
  • Insurance
  • Plans Drawn up for the building                            
  • The Build out                                                           
  • Getting the Permit for the Build out                       
  • Mirrors
  • Gym Equipment                                                      
  • Parts for gym equipment                                        
  • Flooring
  • Pro Shop Vendors                                                    
  • Office Equipment                                                      
  • Security System                                                        
  • Automated Door Access System                            
  • Gym Management Software                                      
  • Energy Efficiency in your building                          
  • Motion Switches for Lighting                                   
  • Ceiling Fans                                                               
  • Sound Systems and Cardio Theaters                     
  • Electronic Funds Transfer, (EFT) Bank Draft           
  • Accepting Credit Cards                                             
  • Childcare   
  • Waivers
  • Hiring Employees                                                      
  • Hiring Personal Trainers                                           
  • WIFI for members to use                                          
  • Lockers for your locker room                                  
  • Press Release Writing                                               
  • Marketing Checklist                                                  
  • Email Marketing                                                          
  • Website for your gym                                                
  • Google Adwords campaign creation and management                                                       
  • How to run a Grand Opening                                                   
  • Mailing List Companies                                             
  • Social Networking

If you want to know all the wrong things I did, here they are;

  • When I opened I picked the wrong location
  •  used the wrong subcontractors
  •  bought exercise equipment from the wrong people and also bought the wrong equipment
  •  finished my concrete floor with too little sealer
  •  painted some rooms the wrong colors for the right psychological effect (which you’ll learn)
  • Made the tanning bed rooms too small
  • Offered childcare when I wasn’t set up for it correctly
  • Hired the wrong employees
  • Hired the wrong personal trainers
  • Installed the wrong size air conditioner
  • Signed contracts for phone lines that I could have negotiated for a lot less
  • Used the wrong lighting
  • Got sued for $190,000 because of a contract that really didn’t exist (here’s where I made the biggest mistake in believing lady justice is blind, really justice has one eye open, and she’s looking for $$$ not justice), so learn what not to do.

I then turned my business around completely and figured out on my own what no one else would tell me, and I don’t blame them, after all, they learned the way I did.

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Shannon Cook is a marketing consultant to the fitness industry. contact Shannon for questions at shannoncook902@gmail.com