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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

 

Energy efficiency improvements - Mercy Services

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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. 

Energy efficiency improvements - Kith and Kin

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Townsville’s Kath and Kin Association provides opportunities for people with psychiatric and physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and people with disabilities.

Energy efficiency improvements - St Ambrose Church

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The St Ambrose Church (and its two attached houses) has been part of the Brunswick community for over 140 years. It recently: installed greywater and rainwater systems, insulating ceilings, replaced electric heating with 5 star gas central heating, upgraded lighting, and purchased 100% GreenPower, and has numerous other plans to continue making savings and reducing its environmental footprint. 

Solar PV system installation - Drury Orchards

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To reduce costs at Drury Orchards in South Australia, the company installed a 24 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system. The system helps offset peak electricity use in a company which spends around 70,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a year, at a cost of more than $18,000. The solar investment of $44,000 (including an $18,000 rebate) will help Drury save over $9,500 a year with a payback period of 4.5 years.  

Energy assessment - Footscray Community Arts Centre

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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. 

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.

Level 2 audit - Joe Vella Insurance Brokers

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The 30 staff of Joe Vella Insurance Brokers (JVIB) work out of a refurbished historic building in Cairns CBD. The assessor analysed tariffs and advised on how to stay on the current, cheaper tariff – including via installation of a solar PV system, and recommended numerous simple changes to reduce the building’s heat load and save money. JVIB immediately took action and the savings are expected to be imminent, given many of the implemented changes have a short payback time.

Level 2 audit - Cairns Hardware

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A Level 2 energy audit at Cairns Hardware found tens of thousands of dollars in potential annual energy savings. $5500 a year would be saved simply by changing to a more appropriate energy tariff;.$12,000 a year could be saved by replacing lighting on the company’s 3 sites with light emitting diodes (LEDs). Even air conditioning bills could be reduced, either via stronger air-curtains or automatic doors (a potential saving of $11,500 per annum).  The company acted quickly, and has already begun making savings.