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
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
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.