Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre received energy assessment by Stowe Australia, through grant funding provided by Future Proofing Geelong.
Conducting an energy assessment highlighted the opportunities for lighting upgrades, which would save money and reduce CO2 emissions.
Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre received a Future Proofing Geelong energy assessment grant, an initiative of the City of Greater Geelong. Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre used the grant to upgrade some of its old lighting to energy efficient LED lights in exhibition, gallery and retail areas.
The energy assessment was performed by the local branch of Stowe Australia, which identified opportunities to reduce electricity use by 34%; equivalent to 37 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, equal to the emission of 468 Melbourne-to-Sydney flights!
Stage 1 of the project was the replacement of existing halogen lighting in the cafe, retail, exhibition and gallery spaces with energy-efficient LED equivalents; which are brighter,
flicker-free and last significantly longer before requiring replacement. The LED lighting used in the gallery also helps to illuminate paintings more effectively, increasing their visual impact. These initial upgrades alone have contributed to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 7.8 tonnes annually.
The energy assessment has also identified the next steps to increase energy efficiency; including the installation of sensors and additional switches to better control lighting use, as well as options to upgrade or modify usage patterns of the heating, ventilation and cooling system (HVAC) to further reduce energy wastage, providing Narana with a clear pathway to further improvements in their commitment to sustainable practices.