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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 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.

Energy use reduction - e+ architecture

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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. 

Energy cost savings - Bendigo Community Health Services

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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. 

Energy efficiency improvements - Mandurang Nursery

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At Goldfields Revegetation, a specialised plant nursery in Victoria’s Mandurang, the owners had a goal of reducing the company’s energy consumption by 30%. An energy assessment proved up to 70% savings were possible, and would save the company $6000 per annum. Reductions came from: replacing 50W halogens with energy efficient 35W halogens; installing motion sensors on external flood lights; fitting a timer to the electric hot water system; installing 1.6kW solar PV system; and numerous behaviour changes. 

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. 

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.

Car wash equipment upgrade - Mr Magic Car Wash

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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.

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.