Functional skills for an energy efficiency assessment


This document details roles and skills required to undertake, report on and implement the findings of rigorous energy efficiency assessments for large energy users. It is the result of research primarily based around the assessment requirements of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program. The findings also have relevance for companies participating in state government energy assessment programs and other companies wishing to improve their energy efficiency performance.

Energy Efficiency Opportunities - Assessment Handbook


This handbook provides guidance for large energy users on how to effectively conduct an energy efficiency assessment.  It draws on the practical experiences of companies and consultants that have undertaken effective energy assessments and can help corporations plan and implement assessments in a way that will optimise business outcomes. The handbook was designed for corporations to meet the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program but can be used by any large energy user.

Energy skills and knowledge for selected job types


A summary of the roles and responsibilities of key figures within a large organisation that are relevant to corporate energy management.

The positions for which these roles are summarised are:

  • chief financial officers
  • environmental health and safety professionals
  • mechanical or electrical engineers
  • technicians and tradespeople
  • sustainability officers

Energy use reduction - McIvor Road Vet Clinic


At the McIvor Road Vet Clinic in Victoria, an increase in demand for its services led to installation of new equipment. Energy bills went ‘through the roof’, and service demands meant switching equipment off was not an option. Instead, the Clinic installed additional insulation and a 10kW solar PV system, switched from halogen to light emitting diodes (LEDs), and installed a solar boosted, gas hot water system. Within 12 months, the Clinic’s energy use has been cut by 50%, saving $5000 per annum.

Reducing energy use - The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery & Cafe


The owners of Bendigo’s The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery & Café regularly review the businesses energy practices. This factsheet details a number of changes made in the last few years, which included:

  • installing energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)
  • a timer on the baking oven
  • zoning the bakery’s lighting 

These changes, and others detailed in this factsheet, have meant that despite the business growing 10% in recent years, energy costs have remained stable. A cost saving of $2000 per annum.

Energy-efficient equipment - Golden North


Golden North is a manufacturer of premium ice cream and frozen yoghurt. Its South Australian facility at Laura consumes 6930 gigajoules (GJ) of electricity per annum, about 75% of which is used by the refrigeration plant. Energy assessment identified numerous areas for savings through energy efficiency improvements, including replacing inefficient compressors with a single crew compressor (and using variable speed drives to ensure it runs efficiently); installation of hot water exchangers for oil cooling and installing variable speed fans.

Energy Savings Measurement Guide


This guide provides corporations with technical advice about estimating and measuring energy efficiency opportunities, presenting results to decision-makers and tracking and reporting the opportunities. It also provides guidance on how to identify and estimate the wider business benefits and costs from implementing energy efficiency opportunities. It was designed for corporations to meet the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program but can be used by any corporation seeking to improve the accuracy of their energy savings estimates and measurements.

Energy efficiency practices in the automotive industry - Victoria and Tasmania


The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), the peak automotive body in Victoria and Tasmania, rolled out the Automotive Energy Information Program in October 2012. The program was designed to identify and promote energy efficiency practices and resources through the distribution of practical information for the industry to reduce costs and adopt energy efficiencies. This series of case studies were developed through program funded energy audits conducted by an energy specialist across a diverse range of businesses. They cover a range of topics including:

A guide to improve energy efficiency at your YMCA Aquatic Centre


Aquatic Centres use an enormous amount of energy. But with efficiency measures, YMCA Spark pilot site Peter Krenz Aquatic Centre managed to cut electricity use by 8.5% and identified opportunities to save a further 20%. This Aquatic Centre found that by being more energy efficient and making some smart energy investments, they could have a reduction off their energy bills of at least $30,000 per year.

Energy audit and refrigeration condenser - Mitchell Butchery


Mitchell is a small town servicing landholders in the western downs district of south west Queensland. Mitchell business owners were offered a level 2 energy audit to gather information on the typical energy use by their business and to gain an understanding of potential energy efficiency opportunities across the project area. Mitchell Butchery participated in the audit activity.