Is this grant right for your business?
If you're unsure whether it's worthwhile investing in gas efficiency at your business, a good place to start is by contacting our team. We also offer Energy Assessment Grants: these assessments will identify potential energy efficiency improvements for your business, review pricing tariffs and suitable renewable energy options.
For large gas users, there are often many opportunities to improve efficiency such as upgrades to boiler or steam systems, industrial ovens or kilns, or recovering waste heat. Even improving the operation and maintenance of steam boilers can typically save up to 5 per cent in gas use – that’s 5 per cent less gas that your business needs to purchase.
Read about the types of projects that can be funded within our guidelines.
What are the benefits of gas efficiency?
Many businesses are already increasing energy efficiency, reducing gas use and costs through our past energy efficiency programs. Learn about the benefits these businesses achieved below:
Improving the efficiency of boiler or steam systems
South Pacific Laundry improved its steam distribution system by upgrading boilers and replacing steam traps, reducing gas consumption by 4–6 per cent. The business also benefited from improved OH&S, better quality outputs, equipment reliability and a better understanding of the value of preventative maintenance.
Read more about South Pacific Laundry’s energy efficient improvements
Typically, energy improvements of 10 per cent or more can be made relatively easily through maintenance and low cost, straightforward improvements. The financial rewards of these are often immediate or have a very short payback. Learn more by best practice operation of steam, hot water and process heating systems by reading our Energy Efficiency Best Practice Guide.
Improving the efficiency of industrial ovens or kilns
Hilustre Coating improved the efficiency of their powder coating ovens, reducing gas consumption by 10–15 per cent. The ovens are large tunnels that are open at both ends, and heat escapes through these openings.
The solution was to install ‘heat knifes’ and the difference was immediate – some of the ovens that operated at 200°C were able to be turned down to 130–140°C.
Read more about Hilustre Coatings energy efficient improvements
Waste Heat Recovery
Game Meats Company installed a heat recovery system to reuse ‘waste heat’ from the refrigeration system to pre-heat boiler feedwater, reducing gas consumption by 15–20 per cent.
The business also benefited from reduced maintenance on the boiler and avoided the need to upgrade to larger capacity boiler.
Read more about Game Meats Company waste heat recovery project
The current grants program provides funding for capital equipment upgrades, non-routine maintenance, fuel switching or the installation of metering equipment. Read about the types of projects that can be funded within our guidelines.
Interested in appyling for a Gas Efficiency Grant?
Read more about eligibility and the application process