Council’s Smarter Buildings Project aims to reduce our energy use throughout our buildings.
The project includes an Energy Reduction Plan and a revolving fund to support ongoing sustainable improvements after the program ends.
Already, funds have been used to train Council staff and to develop the Council Energy Efficiency Plan.
With guidance from business sustainability expert Ian McBurney of LiveEcological, $30,000 worth of retro-fitting works have also been completed on Council buildings. This included the Splatt Street and Beveridge Street offices in Swan Hill, the Swan Hill Region Information Centre and the Swan Hill Town Hall PACC.
Between March 2013 and March 2014, Council achieved a 10% reduction in energy use, and in turn a saving on energy costs. Savings will be used for further energy efficiency upgrades through the revolving fund.
The Smarter Buildings Project is funded by the Victorian Government under the Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership – formerly known as the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord.