Small com­pany slashes its bill by a quar­ter

Sunday Star-Times - - BUSINESS NEWS -

A pack­ag­ing com­pany in Auck­land, Boxkraft, had ac­quired a new busi­ness and moved into a new site. Af­ter a few months at full pro­duc­tion, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Rodger Ea­ton was sur­prised at how much the en­ergy bill had in­creased.

En­ergy man­age­ment spe­cial­ists En­ergy NZ were called in to an­a­lyse the prob­lem. “We found a power-qual­ity is­sue that was lead­ing to sig­nif­i­cant net­work penalty charges but could be fixed with a sys­tem called power fac­tor cor­rec­tion. The $21,000 in­vest­ment would pay for it­self in less than 18 months,” says man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Andy Logue. They also found Boxkraft could save an­other $5,000 a year by switch­ing to a net­work tar­iff which was bet­ter suited to their en­ergy-use pro­file. The two dis­cov­er­ies meant Boxkraft could wipe out a quar­ter of their an­nual en­ergy bill on an on­go­ing ba­sis. “That was the cherry on the top,” says Andy.

Re­sults like this aren’t un­usual. “If your busi­ness has an en­ergy bill of more than $10,000 a month and you don’t know where it’s go­ing, get some­one in to help,” he says.

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