It allowed her to pay for an energy auditor, who identified the biggest opportunities for reducing energy consumption.
With support of the grant, Leanne made some upgrades based on the audit recommendations.
She invested in:
solar panels covering her roof
pool blankets to decrease the loss of pool heat overnight
an industrial hot water heat pump that is powered by her solar panels.
In just two months, her gas bill has reduced from $2600 to $890. And she expects it to reduce even further.
Energy upgrades benefit more than the bottom line
She says her sustainability improvements have become a point of distinction for her business.
“Young parents are keen to support local businesses that share their sustainability values. They care about their children’s future, and they want to support businesses that are doing the right thing by our planet.”
The future is renewable
Leanne is now looking to efficiency and renewables as a way of reducing overheads.
She’s one of the few business owners who looks forward to receiving their energy bills and is eager to tally up her savings over a full 12 months.
Now an advocate for energy efficiency, she’s sharing her story with other swim centres and her customers.