Residential aged care facilities operate around the clock, which means the cost of their energy use is high. The aged care sector presents an excellent opportunity to look at how they might reduce their energy costs and achieve significant savings.
The Tasmanian Government has funded a series of energy audits in residential aged care facilities. Level 2 energy audits have been completed on 9 residential aged care facilities to identify energy usage, areas where efficiencies can be made, and recommended actions to achieve energy efficiency and cost savings.
You can read more about the audits and watch the workshop video on the Sustainable Living Tasmania website.
Culturally and linguistically diverse businesses
Many culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) businesses and communities are unable to reduce their energy costs as they do not have the time, resources or information to identify energy-saving opportunities in their workplace. Language can also be a significant barrier.
Evidence shows that most businesses can reduce energy consumption by 20% through equipment maintenance and upgrades, smarter building systems and materials and energy-efficient technology.
As part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants program (now closed), some organisations have developed information specifically for CALD businesses. By using this information CALD businesses can make informed decisions about energy efficiency and reduce their operating costs.
The Community Migrant Resource Centre (CMRC) has developed the 3E – Enable Energy Efficiency Project website. The site hosts energy efficiency information in a variety of languages (Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese) with case studies.
The entertainment industry has traditionally struggled to make energy efficiency a priority in the face of limited resources and competing demands. The tailored, easy-to-understand information outlined below can help businesses to better identify, manage and reduce their energy costs – allowing them to focus on core activities.
The Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA) has developed case studies to demonstrate how the entertainment industry is improving its energy efficiency, including:
- Falls Festival – Outdoor Event
- The Confidence Man – Tour Production Company
- Queensland Theatre Company
- Water Wars: A Play About Sustainability, Produced Sustainably
- Opera Queensland – The Mikado Regional Tour
- Brisbane Entertainment Centre
See the case studies on the AEIA website.
AEIA has also developed energy-efficiency tools and guidance material to help the entertainment industry identify ways to reduce operational energy costs.
10 Fast Facts Shows how the entertainment industry is reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. For example, King Kong the Musical used a 100% light emitting diode (LED) lighting rig during their Melbourne season. Performing approximately 200 shows, they reduced electricity consumption by 533 kW per show which equates to an estimated saving of nearly $30,000 in energy costs.
Outdoor Events Resources Includes a checklist for energy efficiency, fact sheets on temporary power and mains power, issues and challenges, and a webinar.
Production and Touring Resources Includes factsheets on energy-efficient stage lighting, LED screens for performance stages and energy-efficient sound. Also includes an energy-efficient lighting design checklist, a stage lighting design guide, and a management guide on integrating energy efficiency into production contracts.
Venue Resources Includes design guides on energy-efficient stage lighting and retrofitting heating, as well as management guides on topics such as writing energy policy. The resource also features an energy-efficient venues checklist, area venue lighting factsheet and a building management system information kit.
Wireless Spectrum Update Provides advice on how to dispose of old wireless equipment.
Management Guides Cover topics such as how to purchase energy-efficient equipment and how to build a business case.
Greenhouse gas calculator for venues A tool to help you perform an energy use ‘health check’ of your venue based on your energy data relative to other comparable venues.
Industry Green Tools and a User Guide Provides advice on how to measure greenhouse gas emissions on an annual or per-activity basis. The tools are available for offices, venues, tours, festivals, productions and outdoor/temporary events.
Information on obtaining funding Lists some funding and finance solutions you might want to consider before you implement your sustainable improvements.
Controlling energy costs is an increasingly important part of managing a hospitality business. Energy prices are a growing concern for most hotels and there is great pressure to minimise energy use.
In an average hotel, the hot water infrastructure together with kitchen and laundry equipment makes up over 66% of the businesses gas use. In the average pub, hot water, kitchen, cold store/cellar and refrigeration equipment consume nearly 25% of all energy used. Focusing on ways to reduce energy consumption in these areas can provide the greatest gain for improving energy efficiency and saving you money.
If you are seeking energy saving advice, the Australian Government's Business Energy Advice Program offers free one-one-one consultations with a business expert, providing tailored advice on how to cut energy costs for small businesses in the hospitality industry.
Museums and galleries
One of the greatest challenges for museums and galleries is to reduce energy consumption while maintaining visitor comfort and preserving collections. Taking action to improve energy efficiency can allow museums and galleries to reduce their energy costs and save money, while maintaining visitor comfort and protecting their collections.
Museums & Galleries Queensland has developed the Practical Guide for Sustainable Climate Control and Lighting in Museums and Galleries. This guide can help museums and galleries make informed decisions around viable, economically and environmentally sustainable methods of protecting their collections. The guide identifies appropriate technologies, products and systems to help achieve this.
See the Museums & Galleries Queensland website for more information about energy efficiency in museums and galleries.
One of the greatest challenges for businesses in the tourism sector is to reduce energy consumption, while maintaining customer comfort in climate controlled facilities. For many businesses energy constitutes a significant and growing part of their operating budget.
Air conditioning in particular is a key area of energy use. For some tourism sectors such as hotels, air conditioning can contribute up to 50% of their overall energy use.
Improving energy efficiency through equipment upgrades and energy management practices such as understanding your energy bill is one of the most cost-effective ways tourism businesses can manage rising costs to ensure future profitability and competiveness.
In recent years, the rising cost of energy has had a real impact on many businesses. By investing in energy-efficient equipment and machinery, vets can immediately reduce operating expenses and improve profit margins.
Energy Cut is a website developed by Do Something! that provides energy-efficiency tools and information to help businesses reduce operational energy costs and save money. Energy Cut has developed a case study about how Parap Veterinary Clinic has saved more than $400 per month by replacing its old air conditioner with a more energy-efficient model.
See the Energy Cut website for more information and guidance material on energy efficiency for vets.