How businesses lose money through wasted energy

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Energy bills are expensive. If you own or manage a business then they’re REALLY expensive. Some Australian businesses will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on energy a year. Here are some energy guzzlers that could cause your business loses money through wasted energy 1. Poorly insulated windows. Offices with windows in Australia are often poorly insulated, single glazed and can have poor fittings which allow drafts. Place your hand along the edges of your office’s windows, if you can feel a draft, then that’s summer’s warm air heating up your air-conned office, or winter’s freezing chill cooling down the…

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How can I tell if my business is eligible for free LEDs?

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With many energy efficiency opportunities and upgrade subsidies through Australian state governments it can sometimes be a bit tricky to find out what you’re eligible for. Did you know many businesses in Victoria are eligible for heavily subsidised lighting upgrades? For example a warehouse with old highbay lights is eligible for FREE LED replacements*! Is your business eligible for FREE LEDs? Certain businesses are eligible for free LEDs and heavily subsidised upgrades through Energy Makeovers, thanks to the VEET scheme. These upgrades can save your business 66% in energy bills. Don’t believe us? Check out our Case Study for Storage King who…

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Case Study: LED Upgrade For Storage King’s Melbourne Branches

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LED upgrades for Storage King offers savings of almost $500,000 a year! Storage King has grown to be the largest self storage organisation in Australasia. Storage King’s primary objective is to maintain its position as the number one self storage brand in Australasia. Storage King selected Energy Makeovers to complete LED upgrades throughout their 30 Melbourne-based branches. On average each Storage King location had a total of 269 energy-hungry fluorescent tubes. These tubes are inefficient and can offer flicker as they age. Energy Makeovers upgraded a total of 8,078 fluorescent tubes throughout the Melbourne branches. We also upgraded any other…

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Case Study: Petplan Insurance upgrades their lights to LED for huge savings

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Un-furlievable savings on lighting costs for Petplan Insurance. Petplan is the world’s largest pet insurance provider and prides itself on delivering the best value plans, shortest waiting times and first-class customer service. With business overheads increasing, Petplan works hard to keep insurance premiums down for pet lovers and their furry friends. So they approached Energy Makeovers to replace the energy draining lights at their Head Office in Victoria. It was a purrfect decision: Energy Makeovers upgraded over 450 fluorescent tubes and 12 downlights in the Tullamarine office and halved Petplan’s lighting bill each year. Even better, the upgrade was totally…

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Power bills head south for Jeans West

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Green is the new black for denim retailer Jeans West For 45 years, Jeans West has been kitting out Australians in fabulous, wearable denim. A good fit at a great price is what the brand is built on. So it was a perfect match when Energy Makeovers was called in to update their lights and reduce the cost of their power bills with the installation of new LED lights. Energy Makeovers took out the daggy, dated fluorescent tube lights in their Head Office car park and replaced them with new and improved Philips LEDs. The cost? Free, thanks to the…

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How a delicate lighting operation helped Epworth HealthCare save over $170,000 a year

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With 8 hospitals around Melbourne open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it took a steady hand to seamlessly upgrade the 5,000 fluorescent tubes throughout Epworth Healthcare, Victoria’s largest not for profit private health care group. It was a vital operation, with the hospital group facing skyrocketing energy usage and costs. Epworth HealthCare upgrade to LEDs Patient comfort and practicality was paramount. Energy Makeovers was required to design and install an LED lighting upgrade that generated good levels of lighting, while offering a pleasant and soothing experience for patients. Best-in-class LEDs were chosen and then trialled in strategic…

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Bioplastics made from prawn shells

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Could the future include bioplastics made from prawn shells? The Harvard Wyss Institute have released an interesting article regarding a project their researchers have been undertaking. It involves large-scale manufacturing of various products with a fully bio-degradable plastic-like material. This material has been created from prawn shells (!). It’s called chitosan and it’s “second most abundant organic material on Earth”. The amazing part; it contains the same properties as synthetic plastic. However, it provides no threat to the environment or our food supply. Bioplastics could actually encourage plant growth The video below features a plant growing in some of the bio-plastic. It…

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The future of electric cars in America

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Donald Trump has made it clear climate change and environmental protection are not a priority for the US (not for his administration anyway). Many economic and social changes, political or otherwise sprung from the US have had a knock on affect on the rest of world. The EV market in Australia is growing, but not truly competing with standard cars yet, not by a long shot. With this in mind: let’s take a look at the future of electric cars in America. What may hold back the growth of EVs in the US: Trump wants to remove California’s electric vehicle incentive (that provides…

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Sweden is leading the way in sustainability

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Stockholm; Sweden’s capital city run, by a female mayor pushing for a fossil-free city by 2040. Karin Wanngård, Stockholm’s mayor is very proud of her city’s progressive steps towards reducing its carbon emissions. The city is leading the way in Sweden’s energy revolution, towards sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Here’s how Sweden is leading the way in sustainability. How Sweden will become sustainable Sweden’s country, as a whole, is very progressive in terms of renewable energy and reducing their carbon emissions. “In 1970, oil accounted for more than 75 per cent of Swedish energy supplies; today, the figure is around 20 per cent,…

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How does vertical farming work?

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As our world’s population grows we increase the strain on both space and supply of food. As our population grows another 2 billion by 2050 and space becomes limited many countries will turn towards vertical farming. We thought we’d answer the question: how does vertical farming work? What is vertical farming? Vertical farming is self explanatory, it’s the process of farming in vertical layers. This includes in or out-side buildings. It can be in apartments, offices, warehouses or even smaller personal gardens. Vertical farming is usually in a controlled environment such as artificial light, temperature, humidity and nutrition. Vertical farming is not…

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