Clean energy initiative rolled out

ALMOST $400,000 has been invested in energy saving initiatives across the region, according to Bundaberg Regional Council. 

Bundaberg Regional Council Health and Regulatory Services portfolio spokesman Wayne Honor said the Clean Energy Bundaberg initiative was made possible by a $233,819 Federal Government grant and a $133,953 council contribution.

"Last week we completed the roll-out of a range of energy saving initiatives which not only represent a fantastic result for the environment but will help to reduce our electricity costs," Cr Honor said.

"Certain services council provides, such as water and wastewater treatment and street lighting are energy intensive and contribute to an annual electricity bill of more than $5 million.

"The savings identified from this initiative is $79,000 per year. In addition we have altered electricity tariffs for 62 council installations, saving an extra $200,000 per year.

"At current prices, this represents almost $3 million of savings over the next 10 years, which is a stellar result."

He said the projects included:

  • Installing timers on lights in 53 toilet blocks
  • Installing voltage optimisation equipment in six Council buildings
  • Replacing an old, large air conditioner in the Civic Centre
  • Retrofitting 54 energy efficient lights in parks and streets along the Bargara foreshore

The council's energy savings will be independently verified by environmental scorekeeper Planet Footprint.

For tips and hints on how to reduce your energy costs head to sustainability.bundaberg.qld.gov.au.