Queensland Watt Savers final report

Wiesner, Retha and Cotter, Julie (2015) Queensland Watt Savers final report. Project Report. CitySmart , Brisbane, Australia. [Report]

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Abstract

For a small business or community organisation which is poor in time as well as financial resources and continuous focus on their core business is paramount, being aware or sufficiently informed on optimal ways to identify, manage and reduce their energy use requires a great deal of motivation. However, with the right information and the right support, the benefits and payback of energy efficiency is a proven, effective means of responding to ever-increasing energy costs.

Over 2013-14 CitySmart’s Queensland Watt Savers program demonstrated that, by overcoming the target group’s barriers, engaging, educating and encouraging small and medium enterprises and community organisations to better understand energy efficiency, they can make informed decisions about their energy consumption – and thereby reduce their operating costs.

Watt Savers is a unique solution in a flexible energy information and customer service model that empowers SMEs and community organisations to take action through convenient, self-paced engagement channels designed to meet their needs. Through the use of Watt Savers’ suite of customised energy tools, more than 300 SMEs that had previously considered energy efficiency a low priority have now taken action.

Following rigorous post-program evaluation, the effectiveness of the Watt Savers program has been proven with key results including:

• 338 participants located throughout the greater Brisbane area reporting 558 energy efficiency actions undertaken during the program.
• Two thirds of participants indicating that they felt more informed about energy efficiency issues after engaging in the Watt Savers program.
• Total average energy consumption being reduced by an average of 10,177 kWh per annum, representing an estimated 4% cost saving.

Following the success of the initial program, CitySmart is confident there is significant opportunity to extend Watt Savers into larger segments of the market and the program can be leveraged to service and support a wider SME audience.


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Additional Information: USQ publication. Partners in the Green Business Leaders Energy Saver Project (Watt Savers Project) were: (1) City Smart (lead); (2) Rio Tinto; (3) Energex; (4) South Bank Precinct; and (5) Clean Energy Finance Corporation. The project was funded by Australian Government’s (DCCEE) Energy Efficiency Information Grant program.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 00:01
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2018 14:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, sme, small business, eco efficiency, business sustainability
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
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URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28743

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