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.
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.
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.
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.
After an audit helped the owners of Berwicks Office Technology reduce energy costs in its 900 sqm building in Brisbane’s West End. Upgrading to a new digital metering system helped Berwicks to track spikes in energy use, while upgrading lighting made the parking garage safer and more energy efficient. It also led the company to replace its 200 fluorescent tubes with light emitting diodes (LEDs), resulting in a better visual experience for customers and staff, as well as reducing its electricity needs by around 30,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) a year.
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.
At Hidden Valley, 1.5 hours out of Townsville, rising diesel prices prompted this accommodation provider to improve their businesses energy efficiency. This case study details some of their actions, including changing traditional light bulbs for energy-saving compact fluorescents, and replacing fridges with more energy-efficient models.
When a customer pointed out the unsustainability of this hospitality venue’s food offerings, the business began a move towards greater energy efficiency that led to a 21% reduction in annual energy usage. The move, which also shaved $10,785 a year off the businesses costs (including through savings in waste and water management) involved changes in lighting, a shift to preferencing local and seasonal products and training of staff to support energy efficiency activities.
The owners of Bendigo’s The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery & Café regularly review the businesses energy practices. This factsheet details a number of changes made in the last few years, which included:
- installing energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)
- a timer on the baking oven
- zoning the bakery’s lighting
These changes, and others detailed in this factsheet, have meant that despite the business growing 10% in recent years, energy costs have remained stable. A cost saving of $2000 per annum.
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.