The collective energy savings of the finalists in this year’s EECA Awards add up to a staggering $30 million a year. That’s big bikkies but, as Miranda James explains, it’s not just big business which is reaping the rewards of smart energy use.
Competitors in the small to medium business category this year covered a wide spectrum, illustrating the diverse ways that energy efficiency can benefit companies’ bottom line – regardless of the industry they operate in. Whakatane-based Energy Options was a finalist for an energy-efficient renovation of a 1960s church which has resulted in extremely efficient new premises – and at less cost than if the company had adhered to normal building code. It’s found that the cost of innovations such as rainwater collection and solar water heating, are more than outweighed by opting for natural ventilation rather than air conditioning.