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1 Energy efficiency for small business 19 February 2015

2 Webinar Facilitator Andrew Chamberlin ecobiz Program Associate Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development (ACSBD), University of Southern Queensland ecobiz Program Coach

3 Tips to get the most out of this webinar Duration approximately 45 mins Follow up with webinar recording and presentation slides in 2-3 days Q&A Session at the end You can type in a question at any time and we may be able to answer it as we go.

4 What will we cover today? Review of Electricity Charging Cost reduction strategies Case Studies companies that have saved money by reducing the amount of energy they use Will look at No Cost and Low Cost strategies Links to some earlier ecobiz webinars on Demand Management, Tarrifs & Bills How the ecobiz program can help identify the right strategies for you and how to get involved.

5 Why Reduce Energy? Bigger cost to the business Reduce Greenhouse Gases The right thing to do Innovative company Consistency with Company product Green Marketing, recognition

6 How are you charged for Electricity? Use Consumption Volume in kwh Unit Price Fixed Charges Demand kw Power Factor (from July 1) View previous webinars including Know your Bills at

7 Strategies to Reduce Electricity Costs? Use Consumption Volume in kwh Unit Price Conservation and Efficiency Fixed Charges Check Tariff & Shop Around Demand kw Demand Management Power Factor (from July 1) Power Factor Correction

8 Energy Heirarchy

9 Conservation and Efficiency Projects for reducing electricity use: Leave off, switch off Natural ventilation, Natural light Insulation Install energy efficient lighting, appliances, office equipment, motors, refrigeration, airconditioning/heating Building management systems to control and monitor a building s mechanical and electrical equipment e.g. air conditioning systems

10 Demand Charges are based on the peak in any 30 minute period and then charged for the entire month! Generally users over 100MWh/y

11 Reducing Electricity Demand Projects for reducing electrical demand: Staggering start-ups Schedule or stagger main equipment operation Install energy efficient lighting, motors, refrigeration, air-conditioning/heating Building management systems to control and monitor mechanical and electrical equipment e.g. air conditioning systems Alternative fuels e.g. natural gas, LPG and waste heat from other equipment. Generate energy on site/offset e.g. solar, wind, biogas, hydro

12 Power Factor Power factor is the ratio of working power to apparent power i.e. what is used compared to what is delivered. The closer PF to 1 the better. If you have poor power factor, not all electricity supplied can be fully utilised it is wasted. Answer: Power Factor Correction may have a demand benefit also. Power factor charges to be introduced Jul Funding assistance for PF correction equipment is available from Energex in certain areas.

13 Check Tarrif & Shop Around Speak to your retailer to see if you are on the right tariff. Check the QCA Price Comparator Website As tariffs change yearly, and business energy needs change, not uncommon for tariff reviews to indicate an alternative tariffs may be better for businesses Shop around for best prices Notes: Retailers have different charging strategies which can make comparison difficult Shopping around might give shorter-term bill relief, but charges inevitably go up! Queensland Competition Authority

14 Monitor Bills and Consumption Companies that Monitor their Consumption and Costs generally use less and pay less. Make someone your bill or energy manager Become familiar with your consumption patterns Compare against same period last year Be aware of factors that will affect your bills (changes in production, seasons) Try the ecobiz Benchmarking tool

15 No Cost Activities Easy to Implement: Turn-off unused lights and equipment Accessible and labelled recycling bins Air conditioning temperature Default printing double-sided Green Initiatives notice board: Report potential and actual savings Efficiency tips and stories Car pooling contacts

16 Low Cost Activities More detailed implementation, generally time or maintenance Management and Process Start up & shut-down Maintenance Scheduling Equipment Stocktake and Planning Work with utility providers Replacement & Recurrent Lights Appliances Timers, Sensors Variable Speed Drives, HVAC, Heat Exchangers etc.

17 Invest to Save Capital expenditure Full retrofits Replacement of key plant New Plant Plan Ahead Key plant is key! Down time is $$ Efficient models Life-time cost Grant Funding Available?

18 So Far Businesses are charged for power use in a number of ways. There are many ways to reduce your bill costs. Many businesses can make good savings on consumption and demand with no-cost actions. Large customers that use over 100 MWh/yr have a demand charge and may also Pay a kva tariff from July 1 Poor Power Factor would also be affecting your costs There are incentives in certain areas to reduce demand and improve Power Factor Reducing Power Consumption = Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions

19 ecobiz CASE STUDIES

20 Energy efficient lighting, including LED. An energy efficient Forced Draft Cooler Unit was also installed. Work with suppliers to reduce packaging. Kitchen scraps given to local permaculture groups for composting. Annual savings energy 20,000 kwh Annual savings GHG emissions 9.7 tonnes CO 2 -e Annual savings potable water 1.3 ML Annual financial savings $7,056

21 Low cost and No Cost initiatives: Thorough staff awareness (including the morning cleaners) better open and close procedures installation of energy efficient lighting and hand dryers Annual Savings: Energy 21% (3 Queensland homes or 181,474 MJ) Greenhouse Gas 21% (13 cars or 52.4 t CO 2 -e) Waste disposal 27% (221 wheelie bins or 53m 3 ) Potable water 7% (6.8 kl) Efficiency savings $10,795

22 Lighting: Replaced ~60 x 400-watt quartz metal halide high bay lights with twin 80-watt TL5 highoutput tubes + sensor Annual Savings: Energy 12% Greenhouse Gas 21% (13 cars or 52.4 t CO 2 -e) Efficiency savings $22,000 50% grant of $25,687 therefore even 2 year payback without grant "Now, not only are we using more efficient lights, but the sensors recognise when natural light is coming in and prevents the lights from turning on."

23 Noosa Boardroom Managed offices and conference rooms Initiatives Recycling bins Air-conditioning temperature Staff and client education Purchase of Carbon Credits Annual Savings Energy 26,840 MJ GHG emissions 7.89 tonnes CO 2 -e Waste reduction 4.4 cubic metres Efficiency savings $1,440

24 Draculas Initiatives Water efficient fittings Kitchen Bathrooms Installed energy efficient LED stage lighting and refrigeration systems Annual Savings Energy: 445,407 MJ Greenhouse gases: 58 tonnes C02-e Potable water: 927 kl Efficiency savings $19,000

25 Energy Initiatives Lighting, boost natural light, Switch off policy lighting controls and dimmers Efficiency appliances in kitchen Buggy charging off-peak Annual Savings Energy: 1.1M kwh! GHG: 802 tonnes C0 2 -e Waste: 772 m 3 Potable water: 18.5 ML Efficiency savings $100,000

26 Blue Horizon Resort Airlie Beach Resort with 54 rooms Initiatives Staff engagement Switch off lights Switch appliances off at wall Lights Delamped Timers, sensors Pool timers Gym air con push button Savings Quarterly electricity bill reduced from $18k to $6k in the space of one year!

27 The ecobiz Program

28 ecobiz Program Free DIY Business efficiency program. Tools, information, expertise to support businesses to implement efficiency. Webinars, Workshops, e-workshops ecobiz Leaders program Free. On-line Benchmarking Tool provided.

29 Identifying opportunities

30 COACHING SESSIONS FREE site assessments at your business from one of our sustainability experts, includes: Structured walk-through to provide advice on areas where simple changes can make a huge difference to your waste, water and energy use and, ultimately, your bottom line. Coaching on the ecobiz Benchmarking Tool Visit to book OR Request one NOW in the comments box and we will contact you!

31 Be Recognised

32 QUESTIONS?

33 Final Points You don t need to spend money to start making good financial savings. Your colleagues and staff will have great ideas about some simple and effective savings you can make. There are businesses who have done this before ask your industry contacts or the ecobiz team. Think about the incremental improvements, but look out for the transformational change! Listen back to some of the recorded ecobiz webinars and workshops for more information

34 THANK YOU

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