Energy Minimisation

Council Energy Minimisation Strategy

Council has adopted the following Strategy in response to Burnie's Community Strategic Objective.

Community Objective - 5.4  
 A region that is energy, water and waste efficient.
Council Strategy - 5.4.1  
 Support initiatives that promote energy efficiency.

Council has set a target to reduce its energy expenditure by 25% over time.  Based on the 2015/16 budget for electricity this is a target saving of $243,000 per annum.  While an ambitious target Council is committed to finding opportunities in all aspects of its operations to achieve this aim.

For some time Council has been working with a six pointed strategy to reduce energy consumption and associated cost:

1. Monitoring Energy Consumption 
     Looking at opportunities to reduce energy consumption eg turning off lights and appliances
2. Reviewing Tariffs and Contracts 
     Ensuring that the energy used by Council is obtained in the most cost effective manner
3. Adaption / retrofit to reduce energy consumption 
     Replacing old technologies with new energy efficient technologies eg LED lamps, low energy appliances 
4. Design to reduce energy consumption 
     Energy efficient design principles for new or facility upgrade projects
5. Renewable sustainable energy   
     Use of solar technologies including net metering systems
6. Funding
     Identifying potential grant programs  to support Council’s improvement program.

Council has over the past few year implemented various actions to reduce energy consumption and cost, examples include:

  • Renegotiated energy contracts to reduce costs associated with public lighting systems and contestable site
  • Installed LED lighting systems in various facilities
  • Incorporated low energy technologies  

Council Energy Reduction Action Plan

Recently Council endorsed an action plan to support the achievement of its energy reduction target.
The key actions are noted below - 

 Multistory Car Park replace florescent tubes with LED tubes   (using existing fittings).
 City Office – replace florescent tubes with LED tubes   (new fittings installed)
 City Offices – seek quotations for the installation of a solar energy system, with grid connection.
 Burnie Arts and Function Centre – call tenders for the installation of a solar energy system, with grid connection.
 CBD lighting – convert to LED fittings
 Public lighting (Tas Networks) replace 80 watt lamps with LED (Tas network to fund project)

Council has allocated $100,000 in the Capital Works Program for 2015/16 to support energy savings initiatives and has committed to on-going funding for the program .

The projects above build upon the initiatives commenced to date and support other on-going actions by officers. As the projects are implemented, other opportunities will arise to apply the knowledge gained to other facilities.

Initiatives your can do at Home or in your Business

Here is a list of Resources and Information
     including Energy Assessments and Ideas to reduce Energy Use in your Home or Business

Burnie city Council Resource

Home Energy Audit Toolkit

The Home Energy Audit Toolkits (HEAT kits) can be borrowed FREE, from Council’s Customer Services.

Burnie City Council Educational Information

How Big is Your Footprint?

Measure your ecological footprint including Energy Use to see how the way you live is impacting the planet.

Sustainable Living Tasmania

 Energy Efficiency Tips  

Improvements for household and business energy efficiency that are low cost and easy to implement.

Hobart City Council

Energy Efficient Design Guidelines

Encouraging energy efficient design for new houses and home extensions.

Tasmanian Government Energy Efficiency site

Earn Your Stars

Information for Tasmanian Households - Your guide to 5 and 6 star energy efficiency housing in Tasmania.

Tasmanian Building Standards and Regulation

 Energy efficiency Practices

Design and Construction Building Practices for Energy efficiency

Business Tasmania

 Improving your energy efficiency

Tips for Businesses to reduce energy usage.

Australian Government

'Your Home'

Australia’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes

National Initiative

(Energy Consumption Rating System

The National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NAMBERS) Home Program shows you and the members of your household how much energy you use compared to similar households

Nationwide Scheme

(House Design Rating)

Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) - Assessment Software and Tools to estimate the potential thermal performance of residential buildings, Including FREE 7 Star House Plans.

Australian Energy Regulator site 

 Energy Made Easy

Find out if you could you be paying less on your energy bills.

Sustainable Living Guides

 Sustainable House

- DIY Energy Efficient home checklist
- Cultivate energy saving habits
- Embrace energy efficiency
- Buy renewable electricity
- Generate your own electricity
- Install efficient appliances and fixtures)

 In addition to Energy Minimisation Council also takes an active interest in the changing climate and actively seeks ways to work with the community to best adapt to Changing Climate Impacts.