Case Study: Spotlight Retail Group

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The directors of the Spotlight Retail Group have homewares in their blood. Three Generations have spent their working lives around haberdashery and homewares, leaving the current custodians of the business, Zac Fried and Morry Fraid, with a proud tradition they want to protect. The Spotlight Retail Group, is a family owned and operated Australian business with stores throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. SRG employs more than 6,700 team members who are dedicated to providing the best quality, service, price and expertise in fabrics, craft and homewares to millions of customers each year. 

When Grant Wheaton, Spotlight Retail Group General Manager, Property and Store Development, made the decision to advance SRG’s energy efficiency efforts, he contacted SEDAC Energy Management (SEM) to provide a turnkey solution to reduce the electricity consumption across the Spotlight Retail Group portfolio and mitigate against rising energy prices. Grant knew he was on the right energy efficiency path with SEDAC Energy Management, having successfully implemented a similar SEM Building Energy Management System (BEMS) strategy at another large format retailer. Grant presented the BEMS concept to the SRG directors knowing the fundamental value the BEMS solution had to offer.  

Spotlight Frankston, which is owned by the Spotlight Property Group, was chosen as the initial trial site. The store was a high-energy consumer within The Spotlight Group portfolio, resulting in a large financial burden to the business. “This site is one of our poorest performing in regards to energy consumption and we need to improve this now” stated Grant.

SEM immediately actioned the request and completed the design of a proprietary BEMS for the Spotlight Frankston store. The project target was to lower electricity use at the site by 15% and to change the culture within the store’s staff around energy use and behaviour.

SEM’s methodology was simple, deliver the site with efficient control of existing assets and provide visibility into ongoing energy consumption. This control and visibility ensures real time metering, monitoring and management of total energy usage, assuring energy wastage is eliminated. 

The ensuing installation and commissioning of the Building Energy Management System at Spotlight Frankston was extremely successful. The BEMS optimised the operation of the HVAC and lighting systems, which reduced operational inefficiencies and mitigated various maintenance issues. The site’s electricity consumption was reduced by a staggering 46.8% or $57,284 per annum. Additionally, the store’s staff are now much more energy conscious and aware of the importance of certain processes that maintain reduced energy use at the site. The overall BEMS installation and subsequent energy reduction exceeded all expectations.


Following the impressive trial results at Spotlight Frankston, Grant Wheaton approved a further 12 sites, comprising of both Spotlight and Anaconda stores, for a BEMS Installation. Independent measurement and verification of the energy reductions under International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocols (IPMVP) corroborated and recognised significant energy savings across the 12 sites which formed Stage 1 of the BEMS rollout, totaling $239,328.

This was an average energy saving of 21.1% or $19,944 respectively with a tremendously attractive return on investment or payback of 0.83 years.

To date, SEDAC Energy Management have completed over 65 positive BEMS installations across both Spotlight and Anaconda stores with another 35+ earmarked in 2017.



Building Energy Management System (BEMS)

A bespoke cost effective BEMS utilising only high quality and reliable Resource Data Manager (RDM) equipment was designed and installed to eliminate operational and technical inefficiencies whilst optimising building performance. The BEMS provided visibility into the site’s energy consumption and additionally, provided sophisticated control of the site’s assets. Visibility into the energy consumption and asset performance ensured any specific building operational problems were detected early before they cost valuable money in repairs and downtime.

Lighting Optimisation

Automated lighting control was installed for internal and external lighting which included zoning areas based around time schedules, staff occupancy and daylight sensing. The SEDAC Energy Management BEMS has removed all operational inefficiencies and ensured that all lighting areas are controlled efficiently. This system will not only increase the lifespan of lighting but also allow staff to concentrate on sales rather than routine operations.

HVAC Optimisation

The SEDAC Energy Management BEMS has ensured that the site’s air conditioning units are efficiently controlled, at the same time as Improving and maintaining occupant and customer comfort levels. The BEMS will also assist with preventative maintenance through smarter control strategies which will prolong the lifespan of equipment. The customised logic and control of the system creates internal, external economy cycles and floating set points amongst others. Heating demand is decreased during cooler periods by recycling the heat inserted into the building from the high-powered lighting. During warmer periods the economy cycles are controlled more efficiently to reduce the cooling demand.

Energy Visibility

Incorporated within the BEMS cubicles are robust sub metering equipment. The metering, combined with the BEMS interface, enables SEM to produce a web based energy monitoring application that provides real time access to current and historical energy usage data for energy monitoring and analysis anytime, anywhere via the Internet using a web browser.

The SEM web portal automatically collects and manages valuable energy data and then translates the data into useful and actionable insights for SRG end users. The cloud-based data capture and analysis assists control over energy costs via a variety of interactive and automated energy analytics tools that are delivered via a convenient and easy to use web browser.

Additionally, it presents current data up to the last granular interval, hourly, daily, and monthly or yearly as well as historical data both in tabular and graphical form providing greater visibility and control of energy consumption. This visibility assisted to uncover hidden saving opportunities in varying complex energy environments.

Key Benefits:

Depending on your electricity tariff, a 150,000-kWh reduction could equate to as much as $22,500 saved per annum!

Depending on your profit margin, a $22,500 energy saving is equivalent to as much as $450,000 in sales per annum!


Why SEDAC BEMS with RDM Controls?

Open System Adaptability – Ability to use existing equipment without being forced to switch or upgrade to a new system.

One Size Fits All – Solutions and features can be implemented at any site irrespective of project scope or size.

User Friendliness – Simple to use and transparent, giving our customers complete control of their sites assets.


Before You Invest in Capital Plant and Equipment For A Site, Consider This…

 Currently, many businesses consider spending their energy efficiency budget on  upgrading existing capital plant and equipment to more efficient assets. This investment can be a great move, but it is important to first consider getting the assets currently on site running as efficiently as possible. If assets are not at the end of their life cycle, there is generally ways to improve control and optimise their performance to reduce consumption. 

The Value in What You Already Have

Businesses can potentially benefit MORE by optimising their existing plant and equipment assets to get the most out of what they have before investing in large capital upgrades. 

Asset control and system optimisation for energy efficiency is far less expensive than purchasing new assets and usually can decrease overall building energy consumption by up to 25% with a less than three-year payback. Once a site is optimised, businesses are able to get a more accurate return on investment when looking at energy efficiency technologies or new building assets. For example, businesses that optimise their sites prior to investing in solar are able to purchase smaller solar systems since they cut out wasteful excess consumption. When businesses get what they have working as efficiently as possible, it provides a great electricity consumption benchmark when considering upgrades and enables a true comparison for their potential investment. 

To put it another way, installing LED lighting to a sales area which consumes 25% of the site’s overall energy consumption will cut your lighting consumption in half and save 12% of your site’s energy use. Controlling the existing lighting and HVAC systems more efficiently is a far less expensive option but offers a similar reduction in overall site consumption. So, site optimisation offers a much faster payback period. Identifying the highest consuming areas within a site and optimising their control ensures that when upgrading to more efficient technologies the site  will already have a control system to operate the  new equipment at its most efficient which provides a faster return on investment. 

SEDAC Energy Management has a range of energy efficiency products, solutions, and services. Rather than focusing on pushing one particular product, we always recommend that businesses get their sites working as efficiently as possible with what they already have. Stage two is to then look at evaluating the larger energy efficiency investments and their paybacks based on the new energy consumption baseline. 

With head controllers and sensors easy to remove and move to a new site if the business changes location, building controllers are a great energy efficiency investment for leased sites. 

Results, Results, Results! New Case Studies are Online!

Ever wondered how to save money with energy efficiency? Our case studies show you how different businesses in Australia are doing just that. Real businesses, real costs, and real return on investment figures for you to learn from.

Best Friends Pet Supplies has joined the ranks of great businesses implementing great energy efficiency solutions for their stores. Read about how they are seeing 28% savings on their electricity with a $20,000 solution that will pay back in 10 months!The energy efficiency case study is here!
IGA Supermarkets continue to see fantastic energy savings with SEDAC Energy Management energy efficiency solutions. Clunes IGA saw $500 off their most recent electricity bill after SEDAC EM implemented a set of solutions for their store in early June. Read the full case study here.
Making Money with Energy Efficiency
In case you missed last month’s case study,

we have included it again! Making Money with Energy Efficiency shows how Energy Smart Financing can be used to make your energy efficiency investment one that puts cash in your till right away. Read the case study here if you are interested in how financing can be used to make an energy efficiency solution cash         flow positive from the beginning.

Energy Efficiency and Energy Smart Financing

Electricity Savings of over $100 a DAY!

Electricity Savings of over $100 a DAY!

Ron and Carolyn Chambers, the owners of Pink Lake IGA and Esperance Supa IGA, wanted to implement energy efficiency solutions in their two stores. They did not want to wait for the two year payback period to be over to see the energy efficiency savings added to their bottom line. So they used Energy Smart Financing to fund their SEDAC Energy Management solutions. Now they are saving 25% and making money off their energy efficiency investment!

The full case study is found here.


SEDAC EM LED High Bays Now Approved for NSW ESS Scheme!

SEDAC EM offers the only VEET and ESS approved LED high bays in Australia today. Perfect for retail stores, factories, HIGH BAY BUTTON3and more, these LED High Bay lights offer incredible energy savings with a 5 year guarantee. In colours ranging from cool to warm white and power ranging from 80W to 400W, we can provide a LED high bay that suits your needs. You can see the full range on our website


Market Trend: Facility Maintenance and Energy Efficiency

More and more businesses are making both facility maintenance providers and sustainability teams responsible for their buildings’ energy efficiency. Recognizing the role that facility maintenance plays in achieving and sustaining energy efficiency is important for all businesses. Currently, many facility maintenance providers are mainly responsible for ensuring that all building assets are operating. However, as more businesses become more energy aware, they have begun to require facility maintenance teams to not just keep assets operating but ensure the assets are operating efficiently.

To ensure assets are working efficiently businesses need visibility to their consumption and control of their assets. Recently, new products have hit the market, such as the SEDAC BEMS, that combine the functions of a flexible building management system with the intelligence of an energy monitoring system. This system allows facility maintenance providers to not only see if an asset is operating  but how efficiently they can make it operate by optimising settings and viewing the energy behavior versus performance data.

Visibility to assets offers great advantages to facility maintenance teams. Visibility assists with preventative maintenance and instills confidence in businesses that their sites are kept operational and efficient. The SEDAC BEMS can be calibrated to suit facility maintenance needs with notifications sent to technicians of changes in asset performance. Technicians can then correct the issue remotely or use the system on site for a quick  rectification.

Facility maintenance and energy efficiency go hand in hand. If you want to learn more about what energy efficiency solutions can be incorporated into your facility maintenance program, contact us today!

Energy Efficiency Continues To Pay Off!

Results, Results, Results!

Energy Efficiency Pays Off For Years and Years!!!

 If you’ve ever wondered if these sites maintain the savings, we have updates on three previous sites to show you the savings. We also have a new case study up on our website. 

SEDAC EM recently completed energy efficiency works at Michael’s Supa IGA in Leongatha, Victoria. The site is seeing 12% energy savings and expecting a  less than 2 year payback. You can read The Michael’s Supa IGA Energy Efficiency Case Study on our website. The pdf version can be seen here.

 Here’s an update on sites we did over a year ago:

The Good Guys Wagga Wagga- Completed Nov 2013

With April 2014 electricity bills in, The Good Guys has confirmed the site has saved $28,000 in budgeted electricity costs in the six months since we completed the energy efficiency upgrade in November 2013.

  • By the end of this month May 2014, the project will have already paid back completely for a ROI of 7 months.
  • Updated case study 
  • Here is the metering data showing continued savings. The red line shows expected consumption based on historical site performance and weather conditions. The blue shows daily consumption since the project was completed. The savings achieved are the difference between the red line and the blue bars. The yellow shows daily consumption before we completed the energy efficiency works. Click on the image for a closer look!

Wagga savings project tracker

Meadow Heights IGA- Completed June 2012

    • Average Project Savings of 19.55%
    •  506,503 kWh saved since project implementation.
    • Approximate savings since June 2012 (at $0.15/kWh) $75,975
    • Project cost $72,000, so the project has already paid off completely in less than 2 years!
    • Here is the metering data showing continued savings. The red line shows expected consumption based on historical site performance and weather conditions. The blue shows daily consumption since the project was completed. The savings achieved are the difference between the red line and the blue bars. The yellow shows daily consumption before we completed the energy efficiency works. Click on the image for a closer look!
    • IGA Meadow Heights VIC Project Tracker Report

Acacia Ridge IGA- Completed December 2012

    • Average Project Savings of 13.98%
    •  50149,061 kWh saved since project implementation.
    • Approximate savings since June 2012 (at $0.15/kWh) $22,359
    • Project cost $15,000, so the project has already paid off completely in less than 18 months!
    • Here is the metering data showing continued savings. The red line shows expected consumption based on historical site performance and weather conditions. The blue shows daily consumption since the project was completed. The savings achieved are the difference between the red line and the blue bars.The yellow shows daily consumption before we completed the energy efficiency works. Click on the image for a closer look!

IGA Acacia Ridge QLD Project Tracker Report

May 2014 Energy Market Update

In April the market rate for Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates softened with a price of $17.50 per certificate, down from $18 spot price close in March. ESC from NSW continued to fall to current price of $10, down from $12 in March (1). 

While the carbon tax repeal has been expected to pass the Senate in July, Clive Palmer has now threatened to block the repeal. Palmer does not want funding to go to direct action on climate change which includes direct payments to businesses and plans to block the measure even if included in the budget package (2).
Overseas, Britain is planning to freeze the tax on carbon emissions from electricity generation at 18 pounds a ton of carbon in April 2016 to cut consumer costs (3). China has announced a war on its pollution and is considering a carbon tax (4).

Australian Households and Energy Efficiency

Australian households are more worried about energy costs than other cost-of-living expenses. The survey results are discussed here:

However, opportunities to reduce energy use at home are growing with the increasing affordability of LED lighting, solar, home building management systems and more.

The improved affordability of these items also benefit businesses. For example, SEDAC EM’s own building energy management system costs much less than some traditional control systems on the market but has a much wider range of functionality at lower costs. To tackle rising energy costs, businesses need to implement an energy efficiency program that begins with system control and then includes capital upgrades to more energy efficient technologies as needed.

SEDAC Energy Management in Retail World’s November issue!

SEDAC Energy Management is being featured in Retail World’s November issue in their section on Sustainability. Metcash’s Sustainability@Retail program is the focus of the article, and they have an impressive record of working to become more sustainable. The article discusses SEDAC Energy Management’s role as Metcash’s Sustainability Partner, and what we have helped them achieve. We remind readers there are no “no-cost” solutions but offer a helpful list of low cost solutions that business owners can use to lower their energy use.

Check out the full article here:

Helping independents flip the switch on energy costs