Energy consumption and costs have reduced at two local aged care facilities, initiated by Council’s ‘Golden Opportunities’ energy efficiency program.
Regis Aged Care took part in the Council-led program last year, sparking successful applications for Sustainability Victoria grants.
The company completed energy audits at its Brighton and Sandringham aged care homes. These audits identified opportunities to reduce energy use and save money while improving the comfort for elderly residents.
Along with installing an energy efficient car park exhaust system, timers have been installed for kitchen catering and the lighting will be upgraded to LEDs at both aged care homes.
Regis National Sustainability Manager, Dr Kaushik Sridhar, credited Council’s ‘Golden Opportunities’ program for laying the foundation of its success.
“Through our participation in Council’s Golden Opportunities program, and the subsequent energy audits, we are implementing initiatives that will reduce our environmental impact by approximately 213 tonnes of CO2-e and our energy consumption by 184,000kWh each year,” he said.
The energy saved is equivalent to the annual use of 32 average Bayside homes.
Council encourages all local residents and businesses to avoid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, as a first step to reducing environmental impact.