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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 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 audit and refrigeration condenser - Mitchell Butchery

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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.

Car wash equipment upgrade - Mr Magic Car Wash

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Mr Magic Car Wash is a car wash and detailing service operating in Roma, Queensland. The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC), through its Energy Efficiency Information Grant Project, was given the opportunity to observe and detail an energy efficient retrofit of the car washing operation after the business changed ownership.

Energy audit and grading equipment - packhouse and orchard

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The ‘Watts in Your Business’ project conducted by Apple and Pear Australia Ltd completed energy audits of 30 packhouses and orchards Australia-wide. This fact sheet shows how grading equipment changes can cut energy use and save money.

Energy assessment and LED lighting - QMDC Chesterfield tractors

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Located in Goondiwindi, Queensland Chesterfield Australia is an Agricultural and Construction Equipment company. The Goondiwindi site has both workshop and a retail spaces requiring specific lighting. During the Financial Years 2012/13, the facility consumed 119,984 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, emitting 103 tonnes of carbon. An energy audit identified potential energy efficiency cost savings of approximately $6605 a year using light emitting diodes (LEDs) upgrades, with a payback period of just 2.2 years.

Energy audit identifies refrigerator upgrades savings - Roma beef property

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The owners of a black Angus breeding and fattening operation on a small, pastoral property north west of Roma Queensland, were using dated refrigeration units to cool and store beef as well as other household perishable goods. An officer from Queensland Murray-Darling Committee’s (QMDC) Energy Efficiency Information Grant project was engaged to conduct an audit of the property’s energy use to ascertain whether savings could be achieved.

Power factor correction - Woodburn Orchard

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The Woodburn Orchard’s facility in Batlow NSW produces and packs around 4000 tonnes of apples a year. Woodburn is classified as a large enterprise when compared to other orchards that were audited. From March 2013 to February 2014 the pack house and cold stores consumed over 488,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity at a cost of approximately $138,000. The biggest opportunity for Woodburn to reduce electricity costs is to optimise its ‘power factor’. Site saving opportunities:
• save up to $3500 a year, with an initial capital investment of $8500

Energy audit of computing equipment - Keep IT Simple

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Queensland Murray Darling Committee Inc (QMDC) completed an energy audit on commercial premises in Goondiwindi Queensland. Over the 12 months up until February 2014, the facility consumed 23,650 kWh of electricity, emitting 20.3 tonnes of carbon. An energy audit identified potential energy efficiency cost savings worth approximately $2,603 per annum with an average payback period of 1.7 years.

Energy efficiency improvements - CatholicCare Social Services

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When CatholicCare Social Services in Parramatta looked at the results of an energy assessment, it was obvious there was potential to save money.  The top 5 opportunities for change would cost $12,000 to implement, but save $3000 a year. The organisation has already implemented lighting sensors and timers, and is planning to replace its HVAC Chiller units.