Queensland Murray Darling Committee Inc (QMDC) completed an energy audit on an aged care facility near Warwick, Queensland. The retirement home consists of single level accommodation buildings and the capacity to accommodate 40 residents. During the Financial Years 2012/13, the facility consumed 114,467 kWh of electricity, emitting 98 tonnes of carbon. An energy audit identified potential energy efficiency cost savings worth approximately $4,257 per annum with an average payback period of 3.1 years.
The average small-medium retail business can use 80,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a year. This factsheet shows how one business, Bottle King Liquor, saved on energy costs to run its fridges. By installing fridge timers, the business saved $135 a year for the running costs of each of its 7 drinks fridges, a $950 annual saving that was paid back in less than 2 months.
The 14 cold storage rooms at Savio’s, a fruit packing house in Queensland, are controlled by 3 large ammonia compressors, which an audit showed consumed over 435,000kWh (costing $95,000) in ten months. By avoiding demand changes which account for 40% of Savio’s total electricity costs, the business could save $5500 a year by shutting down equipment at certain times.
The Australian Government has approved Snowy 2.0 which will see the expansion of Australia’s iconic Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme. Snowy 2.0 is a key part of government initiatives to deliver affordable and reliable power.
The Australian Government is delivering an additional $10.5 million in 2019–20 to improve the energy efficiency of Australian buildings.
At the JW Kirkwood Ticehurst Orchard in Tasmania, 58% of the annual electricity spend of around $90,000 is for refrigeration of its cool rooms and other systems. In WA, Newton Brothers packhouse and cold storage spends 70% of its $350,000 annual electricity costs on cold storage. Both could save money by reducing the head pressure in their refrigeration units. this would cost around $5000, save between $2500 and $3500 a year and have a payback period of just 1-2 years.
The Australian Government is partnering with the Tasmanian Government through targeted investments to help realise the significant potential that Tasmania offers to deliver additional electricity generation and much needed energy storage to the National Electricity Market.
The Falls Festival is a 3 day music festival held across Australia. Organisers of the Tasmanian event, at Marion Bay, were interested in reducing its fossil fuels consumption, and the savings that come with that. Assessments showed the primary opportunity to save came with selecting the right sized generators: there are 26 generators on site and changed practices were able to cut 90 running hours of usage by powering them down at appropriate times, and by choosing the right generator for the job throughout the festival.
At Capilano’s Richlands honey production facility, electricity and natural gas are the primary energy sources and input costs. Of the 18,000 gigajoule (GJ) (a cost of $580,000) used on site, 25% is used by thermal loads of pasteurisation and hot water generation. An assessment took into consideration upcoming business changes (the build of a new facility was pending) and advised Capilano about opportunities to save money on lighting, solar PV, thermal system insulation and heat recovery, and compressed air heat recovery.
Caernarvon Orchard in Orange, New South Wales, produces and packs 4500 tonnes of apples and 800 tonnes of cherries per annum. About 5% of its annual electricity spend is on lighting (around $3400 pa). An energy audit found that replacing high bay lighting fixtures with light emitting diodes (LEDs) would save $2120 a year (from a one off investment of $5600). Savings would also come from using electronic lighting ballasts, and replacing fluorescent tubes.