Reducing energy use - The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery & Cafe


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.

Energy use reduction - McIvor Road Vet Clinic


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.

Energy efficiency gains reduce electricity use - The Manly Hotel


Brisbane’s Manly Hotel was able to save 873,188 MJ of energy (a $20,000 saving for the  business) by focusing on energy efficiency. This case study highlights where savings were made: most came through the installation of energy-efficient equipment, including power factor correction equipment; upgrades to air conditioners and televisions and replacing halogen globes with light emitting diodes (LEDs).  The business also reduced hot water temperatures by 10°C. 

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


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 efficiency assessment - Bendigo Access Employment


 As a result of the recommendations from an energy assessment, Bendigo Access Employment has been reducing energy use across all sites. Measures implemented have included:

  • turning off PAs/amplifiers/data projectors located in class rooms, training rooms and meeting rooms when not in use
  • increasing the ICT server room temperature from 16 to 18°C
  • removing staff personal heaters 

Lighting and appliance upgrades saves energy and dollars - Glebe Point YHA


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. 

Appliance upgrade saves energy and dollars - Fishes at the Point


This Stradbroke Island café reduced its energy usage by 20% with 1 simple action: replacing its fridges and dishwasher with eco models.  The café has considered its supply chain: its main fisherman uses their used oil in his biodiesel delivery vehicle.

Energy audit and refrigeration condenser - Mitchell Butchery


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.

Energy audit identifies refrigerator upgrades savings - Roma beef property


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.

Car wash equipment upgrade - Mr Magic Car Wash


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.