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Ergon shines the light on bill saving for business

Published: 2 Dec 2015 2:56pm

A Whitsunday’s business has been assisted by Ergon Energy to reduce its electricity bill by an estimated $10,000 a year.

The savings will be achieved through a major replacement of lighting at the AMCAL Pharmacy in Whitsunday Plaza, a project partly funded by Ergon Energy through its Cannonvale Incentives Program.

The retrofit included replacing 190 existing florescent tube fittings with high efficiency LED panels and 22 High Intensity Discharge (HID) shop lights with LED equivalents.

Ergon will also share in the benefit of reduced demand for electricity because the Incentives Program is aiming to take peak load pressures off the local Cannonvale and Riordanvale electricity network.

Pharmacy manager Lee McLennan was a keen participant in the Ergon initiative and said funding incentives helped get the project over the line.

“I’d been interested in improving our lighting for some time, as it is a significant part of electricity use in the pharmacy,” Mr McLennan said.

“The LED lights will provide on-going savings for many years to come and the lighting in the store is now far superior,” he said.

Project leader for the Cannonvale Incentives Program and Ergon Wholesale Channels Manager Brian Elmer said the retrofit of lighting at the local business was a “beacon” to business and residential customers looking to manage their bills and reduce peak loads on the electricity network.

“The new LED panels use less than half the power (33 watts, compared to about 88 watts) of the older tubes, produce less heat so the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard and have an expected life of around 90,000 hours, saving on replacement costs,” explained Mr Elmer.

“Replacing the HIDs with LED will use less than one third of the previous lights. Lighting savings in energy terms are estimated to be nearly 40,000 kilowatt hours per year.

“The overall upgrade is expected to save this customer around $10,000 per year in energy costs.

“While Ergon’s incentive funding for the retrofit was only around 10 per cent of the total cost, on estimated savings the upgrade should pay for itself in less than three years,” he said.

Mr Elmer said the greatest return on investment for the Cannonvale Incentives Program however would come from taking pressure off the local electricity network.

“Ongoing growth and developments in Cannonvale and Riordanvale were forecasted to potentially put peak time pressures on the electricity network,” Mr Elmer said.

“Ergon has two clear options to deal with this future local network pressure; spend big dollars to upgrade lines and build more substations – a cost that is ultimately passed on to customers, or reduce demand from customers,” he said.

“The Cannonvale Incentives Program is proving that by thinking forward and working with customers, we can all benefit.”

Ergon is offering cashback incentives to both commercial and residential customers in selected areas of Cannonvale and Riordanvale to help reduce peak demand on the electricity network. Customers wanting to know more about this opportunity should contact 1300 977 421 or visit www.ergon.com.au/incentives.

Media Contact: Mark Timmerman
Phone: (07) 4432 8731

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