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Lighting upgrade - Albion Budget Supermarket

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At the Albion Budget Supermarket in Brunswick West Melbourne a public event helped provide funds for sustainability improvements. Called a ‘Carrotmob’, this event promises businesses a ‘mob’ of consumers in exchange for the business owner spending some of that additional revenue on sustainability improvements. The $700 raised at this event covered the cost of replacing half the supermarkets existing lights with more efficient T5 fluorescent tubes. In turn, that has saved the owners money. The supermarket is on track to save over $600 in electricity costs every year.

Implementing energy efficiency and sustainability measures - Cafe Lua

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At Carlton’s Café Lua, a local program helped inspire a range of sustainability improvements. These include switching to compostable take away cups, installing water-saving tap aerators, installing energy-efficient lighting and installing louvre windows for ventilation – a move which reduces the need for energy intensive air conditioning.

Energy assessment and equipment upgrades reduces energy use - Majors SUPA IGA

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Major’s SUPA IGA has served its community for more than 100 years.  The owners have implemented numerous energy efficiency measures including airlocking the store entrance - creating a thermal barrier, by installing a second door, reduces air exchange between external and internal areas of the store, and cuts the heating, cooling and refrigeration load. Upgrading the heating and cooling system - installing variable speed drives to the heat pump and upgrading the cooling tower to a compressed condenser with high efficiency fans to reduce energy input to energy output requirements and increas

Energy and water efficiency and waste reduction - Alto Hotel

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When the Alto Hotel was built in 2006, sustainability features were built into the design. Today, the hotel achieves outstanding savings in energy, waste and water use. While these features added approximately $450,000 to the $5 million build, savings on electricity, water, gas and chemicals are estimated at $50,000 per annum, and creates a point of different for customers.

Using sustainable products and equipment upgrades - Cantilever Interiors

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Cantilever Interiors, a Victorian firm of furniture designers and makers, has long had an environmentally-focussed product offering. Customer demand drove the change to using ‘greener’ product made with sustainable materials in their furniture. In their own premises metal halide lamps and light emitting diodes (LEDs) lighting were installed, they are more efficient than incandescent globes and have a longer life-span, reducing landfill. New insulation was installed, nullifying any need for heating and cooling. A new more efficient air compressor was installed.

Greening the Arts - Arts Project Australia

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The not-for-profit organisation, Arts Project Australia, provides an inner city studio and gallery to nurture and promote artists with an intellectual disability. Owning the building makes environment actions even more compelling, so when an audit helped clarify priorities, the organisation got started. It installed double-glazed and operable windows, replaced halogens with light emitting diodes (LEDs), and switched power companies. Their first bill after the changes was $1200 less than usual.

Green light cafe - Cafe Koula

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At Northcote’s Café Koula, changing the lighting has led to changing the atmosphere in the busy café. Compact fluorescents replaced 105 watt metal halides, giving an equivalent light while using less energy, and improving light in the café’s work areas. A produce garden is popular with families, and waste is fed to local chickens or  in a retrofitted worm farm. Financially, the business has saved $140 a year electricity and maintenance costs, while reducing its greenhouse emissions.

Energy efficiency improvements - The Chocolate Lily B&B

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The owners of the Chocolate Lily Sustainable Stays B&B in Sedgwick wanted to incorporate as many energy efficiency practices as possible into their property. They significantly reduced their heating, cooling and energy costs by: installing low energy CFLs; installing R3.5 insulation; fitting double glazing windows; using a heat pump to provide hot water; installing a 3.32kW solar PV system; using solar to heat the outdoor pool; and using 100% Green Power for top-ups.

Energy efficiency improvements - Indulge Chocolates

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At Bendigo’s Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates, energy efficiency improvements began with behaviour change: at night, all lights are switched and electric hot water is unplugged. Next, the owner installed light emitting diodes (LEDs), an energy-efficient refrigerator, never ran the air conditioner at less than 25°C degrees, and used excess heat from machinery to replace the store’s reverse cycle heater in winter. These combined actions mean that despite the business growing 20% in the last 4 years, its energy consumption has stayed still; a cost saving of $1600 per annum.

Energy use reduction - McIvor Road Vet Clinic

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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.