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  • Energy audits and lighting - packing shed

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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 lighting changes can cut energy use and save money.

  • 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 gains reduce electricity use - The Manly Hotel

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    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 efficiency improvements - Alto Hotel

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    The Alto Hotel on Bourke in inner city Melbourne aims to lead its field in energy efficiency practices. Changes are extensive and have included equipping air conditioning with inverter and moment sensor technology (an $8000 saving); finding ways to optimise heating in an heritage building (solutions include staggered stud wall systems, multiple layers of floor coverings, and heat reflecting, double glazed windows). This factsheet outlines many of the 4-star hotel’s initiatives to bring energy efficiency to the front of its business model. 

  • Energy efficiency improvements - Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort

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    Energy efficiency improvements at the Mackay based Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort have led to savings of over $30,000 a year (including savings made through waste and water management). This family-owned business has – amongst other changes – replaced its six gas-fired hot water systems with four heat pump systems, changed all lighting to energy efficient globes, and installed sensor lights where practical. 

  • Energy efficiency improvements - CatholicCare Social Services

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    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

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    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 - Hidden Valley Cabins

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    At Hidden Valley, 1.5 hours out of Townsville, rising diesel prices prompted this accommodation provider to improve their businesses energy efficiency.  This case study details some of their actions, including changing traditional light bulbs for energy-saving compact fluorescents, and replacing fridges with more energy-efficient models. 

  • Energy efficiency improvements - Indulge Chocolates

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    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 - 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.