Douglas Shire Council is leading the way in the Kill-a-Watt Local Government Challenge aimed at showing Far North businesses and community groups how to be more energy-efficient and potentially save thousands of dollars.
Until the end of March, businesses in the Douglas Shire can get a Federal Government-subsidised energy assessment for as little as $99 to learn how to save up to 40 per cent on their electricity bills.
Of all the local government areas in Far North Queensland taking part in the Kill-a-Watt Challenge, Douglas Shire is leading the way with up to $43,620 in potential annual savings for businesses identified.
Participating local businesses including Whileaway Bookshop, the Port Village Medical Centre, the Wildlife Habitat and Wonga Beach Service Station are reaping the benefits of being more energy-efficient with the energy audit identifying an average 37 per cent reduction on their electricity bills.
Douglas Shire Council is on track to save ratepayers more than $40,000 per annum in electricity costs as a result of implementing energy-saving measures identified in the audit.
Mayor Julia Leu encouraged all local businesses and community organisations to get involved in the Local Government Challenge before March 31.
“For local businesses and community organisations, $99 is a small price to pay when you consider the energy savings can add up to tens of thousands of dollars,” Mayor Leu said.
“With every dollar saved and every efficiency measure implemented, Kill-a-Watt is empowering workplaces to cut killer energy costs and improve the environment.
“Some of the energy-saving measures are as simple as switching to LED lighting so having an expert energy audit for your business can be a great investment.”
Kill-a-Watt energy assessors have already conducted 215 on-site energy evaluations across Far North Queensland as part of the Local Government Challenge and have identified a total of $1.65 million in potential energy savings.
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