Strathfield Council is committed to reducing its energy use across its facilities and activities. In 2007, Council adopted its Greenhouse Action Plan which detailed actions to reduce greenhouse gases from its operations and facilities. Since 2007, Council has delivered a range of energy efficiency projects which have saved $17,000 in energy costs and total electricity usage has decreased. The table below sets out how these savings were achieved.
Energy Savings (kWh pa)
Internal and external lighting upgrades to more efficient lighting types, improved lighting management/controls to reduce lighting operation times, improvement management of airconditioning on/off times
Council Administration Complex
Internal and external lighting upgrades, de-lamping of unnecessary lighting in over-lit areas, T5 fluorescent lighting upgrade in the Cottage, timers, motions sensors and/or improved management to reduce lighting operating times and improved control of HVAC systems
Improved lighting management/controls to reduce lighting operating times (e.g. push button timers for lights)
Airey Park Clubhouse
Internal lighting upgrade (replace 50W halogen downlights with 20W CFL) and motion sensors for lights in toilets
External lighting upgrades and motion sensors for lights in toilets
Total Annual Energy Cost Savings @20c/kWh
Many efficiencies were gained through simple changes in the management of lighting and fixtures and came at a minimal cost to Council. These savings will continue to improve as practices are refined and processes are engrained in the everyday operation of each facility.
Strathfield Energy Management Plan 2012-2016
In March 2012, Council adopted its Energy Management Plan 2012-2016. This plan is based on results of energy auditing of Council’s top ten high use facilities. Council followed three steps to produces the plan as follows:
An energy management review was conducted to assess the systems that Strathfield Council has in place for managing energy. The review then recommended energy management actions for future implementation. The review process began late October 2011 and onsite audits were undertaken in November 2011.
Twelve months of service level data and energy bills were analysed and a full account of Councils baseline usage was formed. A technical review and a series of audits across Council’s highest energy using facilities were conducted and Energy Assessment Reports for the top ten sites were produced.
In order to continue Council’s commitment to reducing energy use, a series of initiatives and business cases were developed to assist in the selection of future projects. Council has put in place, a set of principles that govern the selection of projects and recommendations for implementation. Projects and initiatives are assessed against social, economic, environmental, and civic leadership indicators. As such, the potential implementation of recommendations in this plan will be subject to this assessment which is affected by the availability of recourse, the potential for partnerships with external organisations, changes in the demand for community services, environmental changes, the development of new technologies and the price of water.
The Plan identifies a number of additional projects: low cost opportunities as well as requiring higher capital expenditure and longer payback periods.
Over 65% of Council’s energy use is attributed to street lighting. This is an asset that Council has limited control over as an individual organisation. However, Council is making efforts through the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) Street Lighting Improvement Program to reduce this energy use as a concerted effort across member councils. Given that street lighting constitutes such a high portion of Council’s energy use, it is important that opportunities are pursued where possible.