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.
At the Footscray Community Arts Centre in Footscray, the site includes a heritage listed building and warehouse, and an outdoor amphitheatre and lawn. The site’s annual electricity spend it $27,000 (from an annual usage of 130,000 kWh) plus around $3000 in natural gas cost (from an annual usage of 200,000 MJ). An energy assessment identified this could be reduced by $11,000 per year (39% of annual spend) by implementing the suggested opportunities.
At Rose Gum Wilderness retreat in Queensland a number of energy efficiency improvements have been made. This case study outlines some of the changes, which include installation of gas hot water units; installation of eco-efficient lighting and appliances; and a number of initiatives encouraging guests to engage with the company’s energy efficiency focus.
Located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliott Island Eco Resort has done extensive work reducing its energy consumption. Changes have yielded a 3.5 year payback, and saved $270,000 a year in fuel costs. This factsheet explains many of the resort’s initiatives, including its work promoting energy efficiency to guests.
The Glebe Point youth hostel in Sydney has saved $960 a year through moving to more efficient lighting options. Actions have includes replacing rooftop para floods with compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) flood lights; replacing 50 watt (W) down lights with 35W IRC halogen down lights; installation of fluorescent T5 conversion kits across the property; and replacing electric clothes dryers with gas units.
Energy efficiency improvements at the Mackay based Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort have led to savings of over $30,000 a year (including savings made through waste and water management). This family-owned business has – amongst other changes – replaced its six gas-fired hot water systems with four heat pump systems, changed all lighting to energy efficient globes, and installed sensor lights where practical.
The Australian Government commissioned the West–East gas pipeline pre-feasibility study to examine the case for new gas transmission pipeline to connect Western Australia to the east coast.
The Australian Government commissioned the North–South gas pipeline pre-feasibility study to examine the case for an additional pipeline connection from the Northern Territory to the east coast.