Kill-a-watt ini­tia­tive

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

KILL a watt and save, with the Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Fund for FNQ and TI launch­ing a new ini­tia­tive to chal­lenge businesses and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions as part of their Trop­i­cal En­ergy Saver Project.

The tar­get is to save 20 per cent of elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion, which will help out small and large businesses who have faced 47 - 78 per cent tar­iff cost in­creases since 2008.

The prices are not ex­pected to go down any­time soon and project man­ager Keryn Malone said their Kill-a-watt ini­tia­tive is a way to em­power businesses to gain con­trol of their con­sump­tion.

‘‘We are de­liv­er­ing a range of re­gion­ally ap­pro­pri­ate and in­dus­try spe­cific en­ergy in­for­ma­tion via our project web­site and al­lo­ca­tion 24 sem­i­nars across the re­gion over 2014 and also of­fer­ing heav­ily sub­sidised en­ergy as­sess­ment within the work place,’’ Ms Malone said.

‘‘We are of­fer­ing level-one au­dits at $99 which is roughly 80 per cent off of the rec­om­mended re­tail price and level-two au­dits at $990, which is a 50 per cent sub­sidy.’’

Ms Malone said it is not un­rea­son­able for businesses to aim for a 20 per cent re­duc­tion on en­ergy con­sump­tion through low cost and no-cost so­lu­tions, but that fig­ure could be even more.

‘‘We are, how­ever, set­ting our goal at 20 per cent be­ing saved and are get­ting bit of a com­pe­ti­tion go­ing on amongst Coun­cils with out Lo­cal Govern­ment Area chal­lenge - there will be prizes avail­able at the end of the process for who­ever has achieved the big­gest sav­ings in Coun­cils - the web­site will en­able to record­ing of the data,’’ she said.

The Lo­cal Govern­ment Area Chal­lenge is from March 1 to Novem­ber 30.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to kill- or call 1300killawatt (1300 545 529).

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