Whether you’re a school, TAFE, university or other learning institution energy can be a significant expense. A few simple energy efficiency upgrades can make a difference to your operating expenses almost immediately, while also improving comfort levels for both staff and students.
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Lighting can account for up to 40 per cent of energy costs in commercial buildings.
Investing in the latest lighting technology can often provide a quick win, with short pay back periods from lower power consumption and reduced maintenance.
Sensors and timers can stop money being wasted lighting areas that are not in use.
Replacing high bay or fluorescent lights with LEDs can achieve up to 70 per cent energy savings on lighting.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) can account for up to half your building’s energy costs. Understanding and optimising your HVAC systems can turn into significant cost savings.
Improved monitoring and metering
Sensors and building management systems are increasingly sophisticated and cost-effective. Improved monitoring, through submeters, means energy wastage can be identified more precisely and addressed. Building management systems can automate shut off times, so equipment is not left running after hours.
Cogeneration and trigeneration
Cogeneration is the simultaneous product of electricity and heat from a single fuel source such as natural gas, while trigeneration also produces cooling. For larger sites, cogeneration or trigeneration can deliver thermal requirements for your site and assist with lover term energy management planning.
How much can you save?
Charles Sturt University in Bathurst has saved nearly half a million dollars annually through a combination of projects that include a university-wide building management information system, lighting upgrade and a new cogeneration plant.
How can we help?
We have a team of professionals dedicated to helping you save energy and cut your power bills. Understanding your current situation through an energy audit is often the first step. We can connect you with a local energy efficiency expert who knows your industry, is up-to-date with the latest technologies and can identify your biggest savings.
Our training courses can help you reduce costs and make your business more energy efficient.
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Page last updated: 18 February 2016