Save Energy While Working From Home

Working and schooling from home is probably here to stay for a while whether we like it or not and it has pushed our use and cost of energy up. Lighting and heating our homes during the day when usually none is home and running our computers all cost money. But there are a couple…

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Practical solutions to the climate emergency

Climate Leaders come together to share practical solutions to the climate emergency. [Image: Sydney News & Life]   As bushfires rage across Australia, it is safe to say that concerns over the impacts of climate change have reached fever pitch. With almost 70 councils, including the City of Sydney and the City of Melbourne, declaring…

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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