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Energy and gas costs continue to rise, leaving businesses like food and beverage manufacturers feeling financially strained.
The good news is that manufacturing businesses can significantly reduce their energy bills by becoming more energy efficient.
Reducing energy use in your business can:
The figures on this page come from our Boosting Business Productivity program. We worked with more than 300 businesses to explore their energy use and minimise their energy cost.
First, understand where your business is using the most energy, so you can find ways to reduce and save.
Based on the business’ we’ve worked with in the food and beverage manufacturing industry, the most common areas that use the most energy are:
Learn how to measure your current energy use.
Buy and set up a gas or electricity meter on equipment that uses the most energy to monitor use.
The meter can show you how much energy the equipment uses and when. This data can be analysed to see if it’s working efficiently. You may find you can downsize equipment or discover when it needs maintenance.
On average, food and beverage manufacturing businesses installing meters on high-energy equipment found they:
Heat recovery is a process where you redirect and use heat that would otherwise be vented outside.
You can use the recovered heat to preheat water for boilers or heat the workplace.
On average, food and beverage manufacturing businesses investing in heat recovery found they:
Some of your equipment may be running when it doesn’t need to be.
Add timers and operational controls to equipment that can be switched off overnight or when it’s not being used. This can take the effort out of training staff to manually switch equipment off.
Use timers to switch off equipment like:
On average, food and beverage manufacturing businesses adding timers and operational controls to high-energy equipment found they:
Insulating steam or chilled water piping will reduce heat losses and improve productivity.
On average, food and beverage manufacturing businesses insulating piping found they:
A variable speed drive controls the speed and frequency of a motor to match demand. If your process demand varies, you’ll reduce energy use and cost by installing a variable speed drive to:
On average, food and beverage manufacturing businesses installing variable speed drives found they:
Apart from making sure you’re using the appropriate air pressure, you can also prevent wasting energy by regularly maintaining your compressed air systems, looking for:
On average, food and beverage manufacturing businesses maintaining compressed air systems found they:
Learn how to maintain compressed air systems >
You can switch to renewable energy by:
To get the most competitive offer for renewable energy, compare electricity and gas providers.
Download the Clean Energy Council guide to installing solar (PDF, 1.6MB).
For help investing in solar, you can get finance. ‘Behind the meter’ is a type of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) where an energy provider installs renewable energy equipment on your site. You pay a pre-determined rate of electricity over time.
Find out more about Power Purchase Agreements.
On average, food and beverage manufacturing businesses that invest in renewable energy found they:
Hire a professional energy consultant to review your energy bills and the way your business operates. They’ll identify where you’re losing energy and what you can do about it.
Through our Boosting Business Productivity program, on average, a business in the hospitality industry:
Find an energy auditor near you.
Our energy upgrade tool does the hard work for you. It recommends opportunities and funding options, and calculates return on investment for your business.
Use the energy upgrade tool.
You may be eligible for discounted energy-efficiency products and services, through the Victorian Energy Upgrade program.
To get started, contact an accredited provider.
Then, you can pay for the remaining cost with energy-specific finance.
We’ll send you the latest sustainability information, tailored for business, including: