Energy efficiency schemes

Time for businesses to have an energy strategy

Rising energy costs are on the minds of people across the country at present. The graph below shows the unprecedented rise in wholesale energy costs. Across the board, prices have doubled over the past five years. Now Origin, Energy Australia and AGL have all announced price increases for electricity and gas starting from July 1,…

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Massive showerhead exchange at BHP’s Olympic Dam site

showerheads recycling

Ecovantage is currently running a free showerhead exchange program in South Australia under the state government’s Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES). In what was the largest undertaking of its kind under REES, our South Australian team recently spent six days replacing a whopping 3521 showerheads at BHP’s Roxby Downs site. BHP’s Olympic Dam mine is located…

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NSW Energy Savings Scheme – now new and improved!

commercial lighting sydney

Last week, the NSW government introduced legislation to expand its Energy Savings Scheme. We’ve been expecting these changes for some time, but it’s now official! There are three keys changes: The energy savings target will increase from 5 per cent to 7 per cent in 2016 and then to 8.5 per cent by 2019, amounting…

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Commercial LED lighting upgrade – Automotive Brothers

Commercial LED lighting Automotive Brothers featured

Automotive Brothers, an auto parts and accessories business at Mt Barker has recently upgraded their lighting to LED. Like many small businesses in South Australia, they took advantage of the State Government’s Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) which offers very attractive incentives for commercial LED lighting upgrades. In the Automotive Brothers case, we were able to…

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Energy efficiency schemes article in Facility Perspectives

Facility Perspectives

Our CEO, Bruce Easton, has written an interesting article titled “An Introduction to Energy Efficiency Schemes” published in the current issue of Facility Perspectives. The magazine is produced by the Facility Management Association of Australia, which is the peak body for the facilities management industry. Many of our commercial lighting customers are strata title managers who…

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Victorian Government promised and now delivers!

VEET scheme

One of the Victorian government’s election promises was to keep and strengthen the VEET as a prime instrument in reducing energy waste and unnecessary costs from Victoria’s households and businesses. Yesterday at the Energy Efficiency and Productivity Summit minister D’Ambrosio announced an increase in VEET targets and an increase from 3 to 5 year term…

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Commercial Lighting in South Australia

Following and learning from the success in NSW and more recently in Vic, SA has included commercial lighting in the Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES – formally the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme). Ecovantage is well positioned to help South Australian businesses upgrade their lighting to the new LED technology using accredited lights and processes and…

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