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A fair deal on energy

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The Australian Government is:

  • delivering an affordable and reliable energy system
  • putting energy consumers first
  • taking real and practical action to reduce emissions and meet our international commitments

 

A guide to improve energy efficiency at your YMCA Aquatic Centre

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Aquatic Centres use an enormous amount of energy. But with efficiency measures, YMCA Spark pilot site Peter Krenz Aquatic Centre managed to cut electricity use by 8.5% and identified opportunities to save a further 20%. This Aquatic Centre found that by being more energy efficient and making some smart energy investments, they could have a reduction off their energy bills of at least $30,000 per year.

Energy audit and refrigeration - packing shed

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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 refrigeration changes can cut energy use and save money.

Energy audits and lighting - packing shed

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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 lighting changes can cut energy use and save money.

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 audit and changing irrigation - orchards

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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 changing irrigaton in orchards can cut energy use and save money.

Refrigeration efficiency upgrades - Makin' Groceries

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The average small-medium retail business can use 80,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a year. Makin’ Groceries in Brunswick Victoria saved on the energy costs of running its walk-in cool room by implementing simple actions including replacing door seals, turning lights off when the cool room is unoccupied, storing produce as soon as it arrives to prevent heat gain from ambient air, regulating temperatures between 3 and 4°C, and keeping the cool room three quarters full (this is more efficient than running it half full).

Level 2 audit - Union Jack Hotel

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The Union Jack Hotel has power bills of around $13,000 to $15,000 per month. After the results of two energy assessments were in, the business knew it would save over $3000 by switching to light emitting diodes (LEDs) lights, and more by installing a key card system for guests (to ensure lights and air conditioning turn off when guests are out).  Further air conditioning savings (30%) were possible by upgrading to a more efficient system. These and other changes immediately save the business slash its electricity spend by 14%. 

Level 1 audit - Tint A Car

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After an energy assessor audited Tint A Car’s showroom, workshop area and staff room, the changes made by the business immediately led to a 20% drop in energy use (despite higher temperatures than the previous year). This was achieved by replacing an energy hungry staff fridge, updating desktop computers with laptops, installing a roof top solar system and changing staff practices.