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Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) can account for up to 50% of your energy bill.
It’s often the largest contributor to energy bills for commercial buildings, office buildings, retail, supermarkets and hospitality businesses.
There are ways you can reduce the amount of energy you use to heat and cool your business. Upgrading your heating, ventilation and cooling system 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 costs.
The easiest way to determine whether heating, ventilation and air conditioning is a large contributing factor to your energy bills is to seek advice and knowledge from other businesses and industry groups.
Read about businesses like yours.
The best way to get a clear idea of what’s using the most energy in your business is by getting an energy audit. An energy consultant can review your energy bills and the way your business operates to identify where you’re losing energy and what you can do about it.
Find an energy auditor near you.
When you don’t regularly maintain your heating and cooling system, it can increase your energy consumption up to 30%.
Regularly maintaining your system will not only reduce the cost of your energy bills, but also make your system last longer.
Arrange routine maintenance with a qualified technician.
On average, businesses that regularly maintain and repair their system:
Install meters to your system to track its energy use.
The meter can show you how much energy the system uses and when. This data can be analysed to see if the equipment is working efficiently. You may find you can downsize equipment or determine when it needs maintenance.
Insulating and draught-proofing your building can lower your heating and cooling bills by up to 40%.
It also makes your building more comfortable for your employees.
Significantly reduce your energy costs by making sure doors and windows are shut when you’re using your heating and cooling system.
Timers and operational controls will switch your system on and off for you. This prevents you from using energy to heat or cool a space that you aren’t using.
The most energy efficient way to use your heating and cooling system is by adjusting your thermostat for the season.
Set the thermostat to:
If your system is more than 10 years old, then you’re due for an upgrade.
New heating and cooling systems can be 20–40% more efficient than older ones.
Look for the energy rating label.
Most commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems will contain a refrigerant that is being phased out.
This is because a lot of refrigerants release greenhouse gas that’s significantly contributing to climate change.
Natural refrigerants are much more energy efficient and have no impact on climate change.
The phase out will mean that the synthetic refrigerants available in Australia will decrease over time. Eventually, there will be none left for your heating and cooling system.
This gives you an opportunity to put in new systems.
Synthetic refrigerants that are being phased out are:
Call a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technician if you need advice
For more information about managing the energy use of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, download the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage guide to HVAC systems (PDF, 4.66MB).
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, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning, 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: