Farms, food processing, manufacturing and commercial operations all use lighting, and in some cases, it forms a significant part of their total energy consumption. Using lighting wisely is one of the most cost-effective ways of saving on energy bills and helping the environment.
Every business can benefit from smart lighting management. Upgrading to energy efficient lighting, switching off lights when not in use, and using more natural daylight where possible are always worthwhile. There are flow-on benefits: less lighting generates less heat which makes buildings more comfortable and cuts air-conditioning costs.
Here are some useful resources to help you find savings with your lighting.
Learn from others — case studies
Discover how a lighting upgrade at a Queensland chilli farm will help to cut energy use by about 10 per cent, in this case study by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation.
See how a piggery found potential energy savings of up to 66 per cent from energy efficiencies including installing LED lighting, in this case study by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation.
Learn how a lighting upgrade at a fruit packing shed helped achieve potential savings of nearly 20 per cent, in this case study by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation—and how a citrus farm found actual energy savings of 54 per cent from strategies including lighting.
Read about a showcase Baker’s Delight bakery where lighting was part of the energy saving actions, in this case study from the Australian Government.
See what Integrity Fruit, a packer and cool store operator, did to make its lighting more energy efficient, in this case study from Sustainability Victoria.
Act now — fact sheets, guides and tools
There is information and advice on improving the energy efficiency of lighting at Sustainability Victoria.
The New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage says upgrading your lighting system can be one of the most cost-effective ways of saving energy. Read their report and fact sheets.
Explore the Food South Australia lighting energy efficiency equipment toolkit. (Note: Lamp costs are out of date, but this is still a good guide to light levels and options.)
Know your options — more help and ideas
Victorian Energy Saver provides tools and information to help Victorian Businesses save energy and money.
- access and understanding energy data
- learn about energy retail offers and contracts
- get government assistance through business grants, training and support
- access discount energy saving products from the Victorian Energy Upgrades program e.g. upgrades to lighting, refrigeration fans, hot water and custom upgrades
- explore renewable energy options with Saving with Solar.