This week, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore announced the start of a major retrofit project throughout the City of Sydney’s 45 properties designed to make them more water and energy efficient.
This two-year, $6.9 million project will ultimately return a savings of $1 million a year to the city as electricity use is cut by about 6.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) a year and water consumption falls by about 53,300 kiloliters per year. All told, these efficiencies will add up to reduce the City’s carbon emissions by more than 12 percent.
How do these massive savings happen? In some cases, it’s as easy as switching out old lights for new energy efficient bulbs. In others, some buildings will receive new heating and air-conditioning systems and specialized systems to manage the electricity use of computers. Water-saving devices like aerated tap and shower heads will help reduce water usage.
“Our approach is to show by doing – we’re showing you can cut bottom line costs and seriously reduce your impact on the environment. It’s a win-win,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore in a press release issued by the City of Sydney.
You can read more about the City’s project here.