VICTORIA Carpets has been recognised for its work to reduce energy usage.
A range of changes have been made at the Bendigo branch of the company, including the installation of LED lights and upgrades to heaters.
The business was presented the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award at a ceremony this week.
Managing director Phil Smith said the changes had led to a reduction in energy costs of about 25 per cent.
“We have been doing a lot of work around our Bendigo woollen mill to look at ways of reducing our environmental impact and our energy costs,” he said.
“We looked at where we were using light, electricity, heating and gas and looked at ways we could break that down and get better results.”
Mr Smith said woollen yarn production was reasonably energy intensive.
“The changes were made in the first half of this calendar year,” he said. “It’s all been installed and operational since June this year.
“It’s been very beneficial and it’s also improved our drying process and the quality of our product.
“It’s made it more consistent.”
The business has been relocating items from its closed plant in Castlemaine to the Bendigo factory.
“We decided to enter the awards just as a way to reward the people involved in the process and to draw some attention to the some of the things we’re doing here at Victoria Carpets,” Mr Smith said.
“We’re now looking to see what we can do in Dandenong.
“We’re doing the LED light changeover at the Dandenong factory at the moment and we’ve also got a big project we’re looking at involving the use of water and how we can reduce that.”
Sustainability Victoria chief executive Stan Krpan congratulated the Victoria Carpets team for their work.
"As an example, recent energy audits at their mill highlighted high levels used by lighting and heating,” he said.
He said there had been a 550,000 kWh reduction in energy and gas reductions.