Energy Smart Toolbox


It is easy to confuse the terms ‘energy management’, ‘energy efficiency’ and ‘energy conservation’. This series of fact sheets clarifies some of the key terms related to energy management with discussion of the associated benefits and issues. Additionally, the key elements of an effective energy management strategy are introduced. This resource will be helpful to those unfamiliar with basic energy management concepts. Clear and concise definitions can also help those writing an energy management related business proposal.

Factsheet topics include:

Functional skills for an energy efficiency assessment


This document details roles and skills required to undertake, report on and implement the findings of rigorous energy efficiency assessments for large energy users. It is the result of research primarily based around the assessment requirements of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program. The findings also have relevance for companies participating in state government energy assessment programs and other companies wishing to improve their energy efficiency performance.

Energy skills and knowledge for selected job types


A summary of the roles and responsibilities of key figures within a large organisation that are relevant to corporate energy management.

The positions for which these roles are summarised are:

  • chief financial officers
  • environmental health and safety professionals
  • mechanical or electrical engineers
  • technicians and tradespeople
  • sustainability officers

HVAC factsheet - Air handling units


Outlines the workings and components of Air Handling Units (AHU) and discusses efficiency improvement opportunities obtainable through their design and upgrade.

HVAC factsheet - Thermal storage


Provides some basic information on thermal storage including a description of sensible heat, latent heat and thermo-chemical storage and how these may apply to chiller operation through load leveling and load shifting strategies.

HVAC factsheet - Building management systems


Outlines some general information on Building Management Systems (BMS) including when to replace a BMS system, develop specifications for commissioning, fine tuning, operation and maintenance of BMS.