The Victorian Government’s energy efficiency program is seeing great success, with hospitals across the state seeing a major reduction in energy bills as a result of updated equipment and retrofits.

Minister for Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Solar Homes, Lily D’Ambrosio, said hospitals like Brunswick Private Hospital are rapidly introducing energy efficiency measures to help reduce their overall costs.

Brunswick Private is making significant savings on its energy bills, maintenance costs and greenhouse gas emissions thanks to new lighting — by replacing existing fluorescent lights with 946 LED lights, they will save $38,000 annually on energy bills, giving them a payback of less than one year.

The hospital is one of 90,000 businesses that has improved its equipment and undertaken energy efficiency retrofits — and was supported by the Victorian Government’s Energy Upgrades program with nearly $30,000 in funding going to the upgrade.

In hospitals, energy efficiency upgrades deliver both environmental and financial savings, minimising future capital costs, while also improving patient comfort and experience.

Energy Savings Industry Association and the Energy Efficiency Council have launched a new report which highlights the large and diverse workforce involved in energy management and energy efficiency.

The government delivers range of energy efficiency programs which support hundreds of Victorian jobs in making, installing and upgrading energy efficient appliances and buildings.

Over the last ten years, 1.8 million households and 90,000 businesses have undertaken energy-saving upgrades.

It is estimated that these upgrades saved the businesses involved around $90 million on their energy bills annually — around $4500 for participating businesses and $200 for households.

For more information on the Victorian Energy Upgrades Program, visit

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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