Fruit and vegetable packing and processing uses a lot of energy for conditioning and lighting sheds, refrigerating large quantities of product, and operating processing, grading and packing equipment. High energy consumption affects profitability and the environment.
Electricity is likely your main energy source, followed by diesel and gas, so there’s a range of potential savings for your operations.
Have you switched to energy efficient lighting in the packing shed? Is automating fruit cool store doors an option? Have you installed a power factor correction unit or a variable speed drive on orchard irrigation motors?
Energy-saving actions matter. Start with these resources:
Learn from others — case studies
See how energy efficiency measures saved Integrity Fruit more than $25,000 a year and had a payback period of about 18 months, in this case study by Sustainability Victoria.
Look at how lighting efficiency in packing sheds might offer only small savings, but is relatively quick and easy to implement, in this case study by Apple and Pear Australia Limited.
Learn how some operators implemented voltage power optimisation in fruit packing sheds, in this case study by Apple and Pear Australia Limited.
Austco Polar stands to save $444,000 a year at its cold storage and blast freezing facility. Learn more in this case study by Sustainability Victoria.
Consider power factor correction in fruit packing sheds, in this case study by Apple and Pear Australia Limited.
Look at how Caernarvon Orchard in Orange, New South Wales, switched to LED lighting and saved, in this case study by Apple and Pear Australia Limited.
See how a Bowen mango and tomato farm found annual savings of around $50,000, in this case study from the Queensland Farmers’ Federation.
Get nine case studies and energy calculators for horticulture production businesses in this guide from Growcom.
Act now — fact sheets, guides and tools
Explore Watts in Your Business fact sheets on a range of energy efficiency options and their typical upgrade costs and savings, from Apple and Pear Australia Limited.
See how to improve energy and materials efficiency in food processing in this guide from Sustainability Victoria.
Find workbooks, case studies, a video and workshop presentations in Food South Australia’s Energy Efficient Equipment Toolkit.
See the US fruit and vegetable processing industry’s energy efficiency improvements and cost saving opportunities, in this guide from Energy Star and Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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.