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Saving energy pays off

Aged care facilities are now able to get an immediate start towards saving an average $25,000 a year through a practical toolkit developed to help the sector increase its energy efficiency, says NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker.

Parker said energy audits in 15 facilities show that up to 15 per cent of electricity and 18 per cent of gas use can be saved. The Energy Saver Aged Care Toolkit, developed by the Office of Environment and Heritage’s Sustainability Advantage Program, channels the information and recommendations from those 15 audits into a workbook of checklists and practical tips.

“Like all smart businesses, aged care facilities are looking to cut energy costs, while keeping the comfort of residents as the highest priority,” Parker says. “The toolkit details the most cost-effective energy savings projects for lighting, heating and cooling, hot water use and kitchens and laundries in aged care settings. Tips for how to save even more through equipment maintenance, effective purchasing and good housekeeping are also included.”

Parker encourages businesses to fast-track their energy efficiency projects. In NSW there are more than 930 facilities offering 62,000 residential places. They use about 2.6 million gigajoules of energy per year – about one-third of the energy used by the aged care sector in Australia.

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