• Quantify onsite energy use
• Provide cost-effective solutions
• Reduce overall energy costs
• Include payback times
In a climate of economic uncertainty and tight funding, St Andrews aged care facility in Ballina was looking for ways to minimise expenses to provide top quality care, according to Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Pip Carter. When St Andrews added a 41 bed, high-care wing to its aged care facility in 2007, the centre’s electricity bill doubled. The Board of Directors set up a committee to investigate sustainability issues, including energy costs
Director, David Howard conducted site visits including a ‘scoping meeting’ to discuss the audit & building operations.
An extensive database of gas and electricity use at St Andrews meant usage patterns reflecting the ‘seasonal’ changes that occur over a 12 month period could be analysed.
St Andrews had allocated a budget to implement building upgrades for items uncovered during the comprehensive audit process.
Partners Energy uncovered that overall energy use at the 8,000m2 site was reasonably high for this kind of facility. A few areas were of particular interest: water heating (hot water), air-conditioning and heating. These areas are also critically important to the operations of an aged-care facility.
Partners Energy eventually compiled solutions that would give St Andrews:
Following the audit, the not-for-profit aged care facility implemented 12 energy-saving initiatives that ranged from replacing inefficient light fittings to installing 10kilowatt photo-voltaic solar panels that feed into the local electricity grid.
The results included:
CEO Pip Carter says the audit provided timely advice about changes the not-for-profit centre could make to conserve energy and reduce its carbon footprint.
‘The audit was very professional and provided clear and succinct recommendations,’ says Carter.
April 12, 2016