Energy Efficiency - Energy Audits

hrl: assists clients in identifying, assessing and implementing energy efficiency improvements which are also often greenhouse abatement projects.

hrl: provides formal energy auditing in accordance with AS 3598. hrl: delivers energy audits that are complemented by various State government financial assistance packages including Victoria's Energy Assessment Grants, South Australia's Energy Productivity Program and  NSW's Energy Efficient Business Program.


Challenges faced by organisations seeking energy savings start with having the capabilities or finances to:

  • Identify areas where energy can be saved or used more efficiently
  • Investigate the feasibility of any opportunities identified
  • Implement energy savings actions and measuring the impact of those actions  


Energy Audits (potentially subsidised, see details for state based schemes below) and Technical Assistance from the experts.

Energy Efficiency Audits

hrl:is experienced with energy efficiency aspects of many industries. hrl: conducts energy audits according to  AS/NZS 3598:2014 and assists to reduce energy consumption and costs on site, including:

  • Detailed analysis of energy consumption and use, relative to industry benchmarks.
  • Detailed analysis of energy costs and the potential benefits of managing energy, with estimated greenhouse gas emissions and any associated costs if required by the organisation.
  • Collection of data for energy review/monitoring purposes.
  • Summary description of audited object and all end uses within this consuming greater than 10% of total energy consumption.
  • Historic energy use including load profiles for at least the last 12 months (recommended 24 months).
  • Sub-meter data, evaluated down to load profile level for significant meters where available.
  • Identification and evaluation of a range of coherent and specific opportunities with specific costs and benefits.
  • Identification of opportunities for which further or more detailed investigation involving measurement is required.
  • Examination of metering systems and recommendations to address data gaps.

Technical Support

hrl: has a track record in investigating energy issues, providing solutions and implementing those solutions. hrl: can provide assistance to close the gap between the identification of energy savings opportunities and the actual implementation of the opportunities.

The Technical Assistance services hrl: offers include:

  • engineering specifications and design provision of drawings and calculations to enable the implementation of energy efficiency projects
  • process modelling and precision measurement capabilities
  • commissioning or tuning of new or existing equipment to ensure maximum energy efficiency outcomes
  • feasibility studies for business case development
  • project management planning of implementation tasks in cost effective and relevant manner
  • product supplier negotiations/tendering assist in tender writing, evaluation and procurement of services/equipment that are energy efficient


hrl: can clients to conduct energy audits and access the subsidised programs, and the benefits to participants that may include:

  1. Access to government funds on a significant scale

  2. Reduced energy consumption and operating costs

  3. Increased efficiency of production

  4. Identification of baseline energy use and projects that may be suitable for other financial assistance (e.g. Emissions Reduction Fund)

  5. Generation of tradeable state based "Energy Savings Certificates"

  6. Increased value and/or use of waste products

  7. Improved business planning

  8. Improved corporate image.

hrl: comes from a strong engineering and technical background and perspective to assist in evaluating and implementing complex opportunities that have the greater potential to utilise energy more efficiently for the client through energy efficiency improvements.

Sustainability Victoria's Energy Assessment Grants

Sustainability Victoria updated the Energy Assessment Grants funding offer on 11th April 2018.

Basic Energy Assessment Grant:

Businesses will receive up to $5000 to invest in energy efficiency.
The grant will cover up to $2000 towards the cost of a basic energy assessment and a further $3000 bonus to implement energy efficiency actions.

Funding example: For an assessment quoted at $2600, Sustainability Victoria (SV) funds $2000, the business funds $600. The assessment report recommends an energy saving project costing $3000, SV funds the $3000 to undertake the project.

Detailed Energy Assessment Grant:

Businesses will receive up to $20,000 to invest in energy efficiency.
The grant will cover half of the cost of an assessment up to $15,000 and a $5000 bonus to be used to implement energy efficiency actions.

Funding example: For an assessment quoted at $8200, SV funds $4100, the business funds $4100. The assessment report recommends an energy saving project costing $5000, SV funds the $5000 to undertake the project.

Applications close 28th September 2018.

To find out more about the Victorian Energy Assessment funding grants and other energy efficiency grants go to:

New South Wales Government's Energy Efficient Business Program

The NSW Energy Efficient Business Program offers subsidies to support projects that businesses undertake to reduce their  electricity and gas consumption.

Options to have 50% of energy audit costs covered or to have a organisation's contribution is capped at $5,000 are available. Further funding for technical assistance are available to organistations who identify viable energy savings projects - and those projects can then go on to generate Energy Savings Certificates (ESCs) to provide further financial value.

hrl:, as a member of both the Energy Audit and Technical Assistance panels, can assist businesses participating in the program by undertaking audits and providing technical support.
For further details on the NSW scheme see

South Australian Energy Productivity Program

The South Australian Government is providing $31 million to assist large energy using businesses in South Australia to manage their electricity costs and contribute energy supply benefits to the state.

The Energy Productivity Program will be available to businesses that use more than 160MWh of electricity each year to incentivise investment in energy productivity measures.

The program has two components:

  • Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program grants of 75 per cent of the cost of a Level 2 energy audit, up to $15,000, to businesses to engage an external energy auditor to identify energy productivity opportunities.
  • Energy Productivity Implementation Grant Program grants to implement the recommendations of the audits conducted through the Energy Productivity Audit Grant Program or the recommendations of a recently completed energy audit with a preference for projects that provide broader market benefits to South Australia.

For further details on the SA scheme see

Meet the expert

Sam has over 14 years of experience in energy efficiency, fuel switching and the implementation of cost saving options from the findings of energy efficient audits on large industrial plants. Sam has extensive experience in evaluation of upgrading and utilisation options for gas, biomass and other fuels. His experience includes material/fuel characterization, practical research and demonstration, techno-economic assessments, and detailed feasibility studies. Read more


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