Shiny Halo focus – Millthorpe B&B

Author: Centroc User
Date: November 11, 2011
Category: Case Studies, Community Groups, Industry & Business, Saving Energy, Sustainable Business Practices

Millthorpe Bed and Breakfast owner Randall Edwards has been a keen participant in the program right from the start and has designed strong environmental features into his Bed and Breakfast right from the the design of his building.

His house and business has lovely big windows that face north to trap all the great winter sun and the windows are double glazed to help with heat conservation.  His roof has a temperature operated cooling system for the summer which provides significant cooling for the house in summer but doesn’t allow for important winter heat to escape.

The vents in the roof are like whirly birds but they have special switches that controls their operation depending on the roof space temperature.  Randall has also installed R3 ceiling insulation and in-floor heating that is hard wired to off peak times, thereby reducing costs and providing heat when it is needed – this floor heating extends into the laundry which has provided the unexpected benefit of providing a drying space in winter and saves him having to use the dryer!

As a member of the Shiny Halo Pilot team, Randall recently had his audit completed and Russell from CDE-Energy looked at all aspects of the business that use electricity – including those sneaky electric blankets and appliances on stand-by!

The team from Centroc and CDE-Energy will be working with Randall over the next few months as we provide him with the results of our Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program. Randall is an exciting pilot of home businesses in this State funded program that normally only works with businesses that have a separate location and meter to the home. However, Shiny Halo St has another 2 home businesses in on this trial and there are exciting possibilities that may come from this program.

Russell came back and completed the audit for Randall under the Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program and the audit found that Randall’s two biggest costs were heating and cooling and lighting. By focusing on lighting savings the report estimated that Randall could save just under $200 per year.

The audit report recommended switching a combination of incandescent bulbs and halogen downlights with energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) and LEDS.  The work was estimated to cost just over $800 but thanks to the rebate it has cost just over $400 which he’ll make back in just over 2 years.

Randall’s work with Shiny Halo St and the Energy Audit is now complete.

Shiny Halo St is supported by Centroc, the Millthorpe Business Committee and the NSW Environmental Trust.

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