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Energy Efficiency Opportunities - Assessment Handbook

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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 efficiency improvements - Mandurang Nursery

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At Goldfields Revegetation, a specialised plant nursery in Victoria’s Mandurang, the owners had a goal of reducing the company’s energy consumption by 30%. An energy assessment proved up to 70% savings were possible, and would save the company $6000 per annum. Reductions came from: replacing 50W halogens with energy efficient 35W halogens; installing motion sensors on external flood lights; fitting a timer to the electric hot water system; installing 1.6kW solar PV system; and numerous behaviour changes. 

Energy assessment leads to energy savings - Central Kitchens

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When an energy assessment clearly showed the owners of Victoria’s Central Kitchens where its energy was going, the company set about reducing its costs by: upgrading to an energy efficient air compressor; introducing better start-up and shut-down procedures; replacing halogen lights with compact flurorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs), installing timer buttons in toilets; fitting timers and exhaust fans to the drink machines and installing CFLs to its high bay. 

Energy use reduction - e+ architecture

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When e+ architecture’s ownership wanted to cut its rising energy costs, they got their team onboard making simple behaviour changes. Then, they changed lighting to more energy efficient options; installed timers to the electric hot water system; installed a 1.6kW PV system and began purchasing 10% Green Power. The combined actions saved the company $2025 a year, reducing its energy bills by 46% in 12 months. 

Energy cost savings - Bendigo Community Health Services

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At Bendigo Community Health Services an energy assessment became the starting point for knowing how to reduce the organisation’s overall energy use. The result, implemented via Green Teams, saw a 6.1% energy reduction and annual savings of $5000, mostly thanks to: implementing a behaviour change program, changing how air conditioners were used; installing timers on hot water units; installing solar panels and replacing fluorescent tubes with light emitting diodes (LEDs) and solar tubes. 

Tank insulation - McLaren Vintners

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As the winemakers at McLaren Vintners well know, energy is used at every step of the wine making process.  Refrigeration is a big energy consumer, making insulation a crucial component in saving both money and energy. An audit found that if McLaren Vintners insulated all of its tanks (currently, 56% of 202 tanks are insulated), they could save over $45,000 a year on their annual electricity costs. The payback period on the outlay is only 4.5 years. 

Energy Savings Measurement Guide

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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

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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:

Energy efficiency improvements - Mercy Services

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Mercy Services provides in home and community support to various sectors of the community.  Environmental audits have spurred the organisation to make changes leading to a 16% reduction in gas usage and 23% in electricity usage (23,000 kWh) over a 5 year period. 

Energy audits and behaviour change - UnitingCare Community QLD

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UnitingCare Community is a Queensland-based provider of community services. After energy audits were completed on a number of its 297 properties, the organisation began energy efficiency improvements as one of its first initiative. At Gipps Street, electricity consumption was high relative to floor area, until changes were made.