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  • Energy and water efficiency and waste reduction - Alto Hotel

    1 March 2013

    When the Alto Hotel was built in 2006, sustainability features were built into the design. Today, the hotel achieves outstanding savings in energy, waste and water use. While these features added approximately $450,000 to the $5 million build, savings on electricity, water, gas and chemicals are estimated at $50,000 per annum, and creates a point of different for customers.

  • Energy assessment - Footscray Community Arts Centre

    1 November 2014

    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 assessment and efficient lighting - ABC Castings

    1 October 2014

    ABC Castings is a privately owned non-ferrous casting foundry located in Sydney’s Riverwood. It supplies castings to niche markets in mining and rail. Energy assessments showed savings of over 50% could be made by retrofitting existing lighting with light emitting diodes (LEDs) or induction fittings. Not only would this save on energy, but the change would reduce waste, and provide better directional lighting for focused jobs. Installing skylights was also shown to save up to 30% on lighting costs. 

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

    1 March 2013

    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 requ

  • Energy assessment and LED lighting - Caernarvon Orchard

    1 September 2014

    Caernarvon Orchard in Orange, NSW, produces and packs 4,500 tonnes of apples and 800 tonnes of cherries per annum. About 5% of its annual electricity spend is on lighting (around $3,400 pa). An energy audit found that replacing high bay lighting fixtures with LEDs would save $2,120 a year (from a one off investment of $5,600). Savings would also come from using electronic lighting ballasts, and replacing fluorescent tubes.

  • Energy assessment and LED lighting - QMDC Chesterfield tractors

    1 September 2014

    Located in Goondiwindi, Queensland Chesterfield Australia is an Agricultural and Construction Equipment company. The Goondiwindi site has both workshop and a retail spaces requiring specific lighting. During the Financial Years 2012/13, the facility consumed 119,984 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, emitting 103 tonnes of carbon. An energy audit identified potential energy efficiency cost savings of approximately $6605 a year using light emitting diodes (LEDs) upgrades, with a payback period of just 2.2 years.

  • Energy assessment and lighting upgrade - Berwicks

    1 April 2014

    After an audit helped the owners of Berwicks Office Technology reduce energy costs in its 900 sqm building in Brisbane’s West End. Upgrading to a new digital metering system helped Berwicks to track spikes in energy use, while upgrading lighting made the parking garage safer and more energy efficient. It also led the company to replace its 200 fluorescent tubes with light emitting diodes (LEDs), resulting in a better visual experience for customers and staff, as well as reducing its electricity needs by around 30,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) a year.

  • Energy assessment leads to energy savings - Central Kitchens

    1 April 2013

    When an energy assessment clearly showed the owners of Victoria’s Central Kitchens where its energy was going, the company set about reducing its costs by: upgrading to an energy efficient air compressor; introducing better start-up and shut-down procedures; replacing halogen lights with compact flurorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs), installing timer buttons in toilets; fitting timers and exhaust fans to the drink machines and installing CFLs to its high bay. 

  • Energy audit - QMDC aged care facility

    1 September 2014

    Queensland Murray Darling Committee Inc (QMDC) completed an energy audit on an aged care facility near Warwick, Queensland. The retirement home consists of single level accommodation buildings and the capacity to accommodate 40 residents. During the Financial Years 2012/13, the facility consumed 114,467 kWh of electricity, emitting 98 tonnes of carbon. An energy audit identified potential energy efficiency cost savings worth approximately $4,257 per annum with an average payback period of 3.1 years.

  • Energy audits and behaviour change - UnitingCare Community QLD

    1 January 2014

    UnitingCare Community is a Queensland-based provider of community services. After energy audits were completed on a number of its 297 properties, the organisation began energy efficiency improvements as one of its first initiative. At Gipps Street, electricity consumption was high relative to floor area, until changes were made.

  • Energy audits and lighting - packing shed

    1 September 2014

    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 cost savings - Bendigo Community Health Services

    1 April 2013

    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 - CatholicCare Social Services

    1 October 2014

    When CatholicCare Social Services in Parramatta looked at the results of an energy assessment, it was obvious there was potential to save money.  The top 5 opportunities for change would cost $12,000 to implement, but save $3000 a year. The organisation has already implemented lighting sensors and timers, and is planning to replace its HVAC Chiller units. 

  • Energy efficiency improvements - Generations Church

    1 January 2015

    Generations Church, just north of Cairns, comprises a large hall, served by a large commercial chiller unit; a number of small rooms and offices (all with wall air conditioners) and an adjacent building with toilets, kitchen and a community room. An energy assessment show that for an investment of $2550, the top five opportunities to save could be implemented, bringing projected annual savings of $1430.

  • Energy efficiency improvements - Indulge Chocolates

    1 April 2013

    At Bendigo’s Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates, energy efficiency improvements began with behaviour change: at night, all lights are switched and electric hot water is unplugged. Next, the owner installed light emitting diodes (LEDs), an energy-efficient refrigerator, never ran the air conditioner at less than 25°C degrees, and used excess heat from machinery to replace the store’s reverse cycle heater in winter. These combined actions mean that despite the business growing 20% in the last 4 years, its energy consumption has stayed still; a cost saving of $1600 per annum.

  • Energy efficiency improvements - Mandurang Nursery

    1 April 2013

    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

    1 January 2014

    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 - Newcastle French Hot Bread

    1 February 2015

    Newcastle French Hot Bread, a busy bakery and café in Newcastle in NSW, used an action plan to gradually implement the improvements suggested by a local energy assessor. Changes included maintenance and repair of seals on oven doors, using an off-peak timer for the electric hot water system, and separating lights to different circuits, allowing for zoning. A bill analysis also showed they’d been overcharged by their energy retailer: working via the Ombudsman recovered the business $30,000. 

  • Energy efficiency improvements - The Chocolate Lily B&B

    1 April 2013

    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 efficiency practices in the automotive industry - Victoria and Tasmania

    1 December 2013

    The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), the peak automotive body in Victoria and Tasmania, rolled out the Automotive Energy Information Program in October 2012. The program was designed to identify and promote energy efficiency practices and resources through the distribution of practical information for the industry to reduce costs and adopt energy efficiencies. This series of case studies were developed through program funded energy audits conducted by an energy specialist across a diverse range of businesses. They cover a range of topics including: