Energy can be a major cost for your business, so it is worth taking a closer look to try to find savings.
As well as cost savings, there are other benefits for companies. For example, water and chemical consumption might reduce and consumer loyalty could even improve as your organisation grows its reputation for responsible environmental performance.
Top energy-saving tips
Refrigeration and chilling: Reduce energy use
Maintaining refrigeration equipment, upgrading heat exchangers and insulation, checking regularly for leaks, and installing/upgrading thermostats can help reduce energy use.
Refrigeration and chilling can account for between 30 and 80 per cent of your energy use.
Variable speed drives (VSDs): Cut costs by up to 50 per cent
The installation of VSDs on machinery with motors such as compressors, pumps and fans can make a big difference to energy consumption. Evaporative fans for cold storage, for example, are often necessarily large to ensure maximum cooling, but are often kept running at the same speed even when optimum temperatures are achieved.
Reducing motor speeds by 20 per cent can reduce operating costs by up to 50 per cent.
The installation of timers, sensors and operational controls can eliminate instances where machinery and other equipment such as lighting, coolers, ovens and fans are kept running, even out of hours.
Install timers, sensors and operational controls.
Boilers: Reduce energy use by 10 per cent
Steam generation systems can account for a big proportion of all energy used in production and process heating systems.
Low cost, straightforward improvements and regular maintenance such as leak repair can reduce your energy usage by 10 per cent. These gains are often immediate, or come with a very short payback period.
Submeters are a cost effective way to identify thousands of dollars in energy savings opportunities. They can provide you with sophisticated data about your site’s energy use that a standard utility meter cannot. Submeters can reveal operational inefficiencies such as identifying equipment that is running unnecessarily. This data can help you to compare and benchmark usage across similar facilities and over time.
How much can you save?
Savings vary from business to business but you don’t have to be a big business to enjoy substantial benefits.
Case study - Bakers Maison
Case study - Crafty Chef
Crafty Chef, a family owned convenience food manufacturer in Western Sydney is saving $65,000 a year on power costs.
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 regular training courses can help you make your business more energy efficient and reduce costs.
Online tools and resources
Our range of tools and resources can help you save energy and money.
Choose the right lighting for your business:
Discover if your business is suitable for cogeneration:
This Energy Saver report provides information on technologies which can increase the energy efficiency of a plant with estimated costs, savings and payback periods:
Industrial Refrigeration Technology Report (PDF 2.1MB)
The Australian Food and Grocery Council’s empower program has a handy online opportunity finder to get you started:
Energy Efficiency Exchange, a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, has a good roundup of information on energy efficiency for your sector:
The Australian Industry Group has developed a series of short videos covering energy saving opportunities for key technologies:
What would you like to do next?
Page last updated: 10 December 2015