Nuffield Health tells members its 72 Jacuzzis will stop running until SPRING to save energy at gyms which face ‘considerable’ price hikes
- Nuffield Health said its 114 gyms with pools use a ‘significant amount of energy’
- The health charity charges customers up to £63 each month to use its sites
- Other leisure centres have reduced pool temperatures and shut saunas to save
- It comes as rising energy bills have forced restaurants, cafes and shops to close
A health centre has told its members that its 72 Jacuzzis will stop running until spring to save energy at gyms which face ‘considerable’ price hikes.
Nuffield Health, which owns 114 gyms with pools, charges customers up to £63 a month to use its sites.
It wrote to members on Monday to say that its Jacuzzis would stop running until spring.
It comes as rising energy bills have forced restaurants, cafes, butchers and shops across the UK to close due to the soaring costs of staying open.
In its letter to customers, Nuffield Health said: ‘This is to ensure we can conserve energy and allows us to keep our swimming pool, sauna and steam room open and we know that our members highly value and benefit from these facilities.’
The note said Nuffield gyms used a ‘significant amount of energy’ and had been faced with ‘considerable’ rising energy costs.
Nuffield Health has told its members that its 72 Jacuzzis will stop running until spring to save energy at gyms which face ‘considerable’ price hikes
It added that future measures could be introduced if demanded by the energy crisis.
One person, who goes to Nuffield Health centre in Derby, said: ‘I was not happy when I got the email. The Jacuzzi isn’t working anyway, the bubbles aren’t on so it’s basically a bath, so to be told it’s being closed indefinitely is ridiculous.’
Energy bills are proving an issue for leisure centres throughout the UK.
Greenwich Leisure Limited, a London-based organisation which runs over 250 sport and leisure facilities, has reduced pool temperatures by an average of 1C to cut costs.
There is also a possibility that they may restrict the opening hours of the sauna.
Pool operators in Europe have faced similar pressures to those in the UK. This month it emerged that dozens of public pools in France had been closed because they were too expensive to keep open.
Nuffield Health, which owns 114 gyms with pools, charges customers up to £63 a month to use its sites (picture: Nuffield Health gym in Sunbury-on-Thames)
It comes as Prime Minister Liz Truss has been accused of misleading people about the government’s promise to freeze energy bills.
Truss announced a £150billion plan to freeze the unit cost of gas and electricity – in a move that will save the typical household £1,000.
However she wrongly claimed on several radio stations that ‘nobody is paying fuel bills of more than £2,500’.
The £2,500 figure is for an average household, meaning that some will pay more and some will pay less.
The cap is on the unit cost of gas and electricity, rather than on energy bills themselves.
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