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Carbon Calculator

Provided by Carbon Neutral Completion Time: Short

This online calculator can be used to estimate most annual direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions for things like vehicles, electricity, waste, air travel. You will be required to gather information from sources like electricity bills, vehicle log books and travel agent spreadsheets.

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Zero Waste South Australia Sustainable Food Guide

Provided by South Australian Government Reading Time: Long

An in depth 39 page document to help food manufacturing businesses consider the environmental sustainability of their business for the first time. Following the exercises and step by step guides, you will be able to assess your business and identify areas of improvement, including increasing efficiency, improving your supply chain, engaging staff and ongoing evaluation. To make the most of this guide, you will need to have a good understanding of how your company uses energy, water and materials, how it creates waste and your supply chain.

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Energy saving checklists

Provided by Sustainability Victoria Reading Time: Short

A series of practical guides and checklists suitable for most businesses. Find energy saving opportunities and get tips on how to engage staff and implement lasting changes that will save you money.

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Energy efficiency best practice guides

Provided by Sustainability Victoria Reading Time: Long

These guides have been designed to aid decision makers and service providers through changes to systems such as IT facilities, industrial refrigeration, lighting and compressed air. They will help you know the limitations of your existing systems and find the best solutions for improvement.

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Truck buyers guide

Provided by Federal Government Reading Time: Long

This is an interactive guide that will help business owners choose a small or medium sized truck or commercial vehicle. By using this guide, each element of a vehicle is compared against your business requirements so you get the cheapest, most fuel efficient vehicle to suit your needs. Make sure you know your business needs before using this guide.

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Investment payback calculators

Provided by Federal Government Completion Time: Short

20 different calculators all for different water based, commercial appliances. From dishwashers to hospital stem sterilisers. Easily find out how much money and water you could save by replacing certain appliances in your business. You will need details about your appliance's current water consumption.

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Wise up on Waste App

Provided by Unilever Food Solutions Completion time: Short

Perfect for hospitality businesses, identify when and where you are generating the most food waste and what the potential cost saving to your business can be if you reduce your waste by 20%. You will need digital or fish hook scales to use this app properly.

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Recycling near you

Provided by Federal Government Reading Time: Short

Small businesses can use this tool to find recycling information for almost any product. Know what services your council offers and check drop off options so you don't waste time.

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Case study: Welvic Australia

Provided by Sustainability Victoria Reading Time: Short

A great example for small manufacturers on the benefits of resource assessment and process and equipment upgrades. Welvic reduced their electricity usage and made savings far over their investment in the first year.

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Case study: Good Guys Bendigo

Provided by Sustainability Victoria Reading Time: Short

Learn from another business example: The Good Guys Bendigo was successful in receiving a Smarter Resources, Smarter Business capital funding grant, reducing it's energy usage by 30% representing a saving for the period of $15,000.

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Switch to Save series

Provided by VECCI Viewing Time: Short

Practical videos with simple actions applicable to most businesses to help reduce energy usage and reduce their carbon footprint. Videos include information on lighting, waste, simple changes to windows and doors.

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CitySwitch case studies

Provided by CitySwitch Green Office Reading Time: Short

A great range of case studies demonstrating successful sustainability outcomes for office-based businesses through staff engagement, lighting and equipment upgrades, sustainable fitouts, renewable energy and more.

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Nbweb National Benchmarking

Provided by Nbweb National Benchmarking Completion Time: Short

Understand and evaluate your own water consumption and compare across other similar companies in your industry. this will tell you where improvements are necessary. You will need to know details about your business such as industry and usage in Kilo Litres (KL).

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Benchmarking to improve water use in bakery product manufacturing facilities

Provided by Nbweb National Benchmarking Reading Time: Short

Clearly shows water usage benchmarks for bakery product manufacturing. This will help you to measure your performance, determine realistic operating targets and identify potential inefficiencies.

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Your choice

Provided by Victorian Government Completion Time: Short

These calculators will find the best offers based on your gas or electricity usage. You can also see a list of all offers available to you for you to compare. You will need to know your usage before you start.

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Household Electricity Calculator

Provided by Victorian Government Completion Time: Short

This can be a useful tool for home based business to cut their costs by getting the best deals. Independently calculate your daily and annual energy costs and take control of your usage and bills.

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My Power Planner

Provided by Victorian Government Completion Time: Short

Find and compare electricity retail offers, compare all generally available electricity offers and create a power profile based on typical usage. You will need details about your usage before you start.

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Energy Efficient Lighting Technology Report

Provided by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Reading Time: Long

This report is designed to help you identify appropriate and reliable energy efficient lighting technology that would be suitable for your facility or business. You will need to know details about your current lighting system.

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Energy Saver Incentive

Provided by Victorian Government Reading Time: Short

Great for home based businesses and small premises, get discounts and special deals on selected energy-saving products and appliances for your business. Check out a list of eligible, energy-efficient products or appliances here.

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Calculight

Provided by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Reading Time: Short

Great for almost any business, this calculator will help you make an informed decision about energy efficient lighting so you can cut costs and have a positive effect on the environment. You will need to know details about your current lighting to get the most out of the calculator.

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Misleading claims about solar

Provided by Victorian Government Reading Time: Short

Great for any business wanting to offset electricity costs by installing solar panels, this is a list of pitfalls you should be aware of before buying. This will help you to make sure you don't buy panels for the wrong reasons and that you get the best deal.

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Interactive, energy efficient house

Provided by Victorian Government Reading Time: Short

Great for home based businesses, you can use the handy 3D model to highlight areas of your home and get information about how to make simple changes that will save you money on your gas, electricity and water bills.

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Green Vehicle Guide

Provided by Green Vehicle Guide Completion Time: Short

Compare all Australian vehicles including commercial on the basis of greenhouse and air pollution emissions. Ability to rate cars dating back to 1986 makes this a comprehensive tool.

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Tips for greener motoring

Provided by Australian Government Reading Time: Short

Get tips for green driving habits with this guide explaining how the type of vehicle you drive and the conditions under which you drive will affect your vehicle's environmental performance.

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Appliance Calculator

Provided by Victorian Government Completion Time: Short

Great tool for businesses to find out how much their appliances cost to run. This assessment will allow you to find opportunities for saving money. You will need details about your appliances such as how many watts your light globes are and how many you have.

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Non-Residential Laundries

Provided by savewater Reading Time: Short

Specific fact sheets for commercial laundries. Find great information on water usage, benchmarking as well as options and recommendations.

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Understand your electricity bill

Provided by Victorian Government Reading Time: Short

A useful tool for small businesses. A simple diagram that shows you where various readings are on your bill as well as what each term means. This simple tool will help you take your energy usage into your own hands. You will need a copy of your electricity bill to make the most of this page.

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Sustainability Gippsland

Provided by Victorian Government Reading Time: Short

This is a networking site for businesses interested in environmentally sustainable practices. Create groups and chat with other businesses. You can see related events near you and get a great list of suppliers registered on the site.

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Wastewise Hotels Toolkit

Provided by Victorian Government Reading Time: Long

Developed for hotel managers and those responsible for staff training, this toolkit will help you identify waste improvement opportunities, implement improvements, assess the results and keep improving.

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A guide to fire sprinkler system water saving

Provided by City West Water Reading Time: Long

This guide is predominantly for property owners and fire services firms and will help to identify water saving opportunities that offer the best return for an affordable investment.

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Recycling signage

Provided by South Australian Government Reading Time: Short

Downloadable, printable recycling signs prepared for event organisers and office managers to attach to recycling bins to ensure patrons and workers place the materials in the correct bin. Of course, the signs can be used by anyone who will find them useful.

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Case study: Taltarni Vinyards

Provided by Sustainability Victoria Reading Time: Short

Read how a local winery, Taltarni Vineyards is on track to save nearly $20,000 per year after implementing actions recommended in a resource assessment. Great practical examples of how other businesses have benefited from sustainable practices.

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Australian Business Licence and Information Service

Provided by Australian Government Completion Time: Short

For businesses that need to find environmental regulation information and licenses. If you are unsure what you're looking for, simply type in keywords and your location. For more specific results, enter more information using the panel on the left. Related regulations and licenses will be listed which you can then build into a toolkit so you meet all of your environmental regulatory requirements.

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Case study: Sustainability a factor in business growth

Provided by Mansfield Regional Produce Store Reading Time: Short

How the Mansfield Regional Produce Store cut running costs and increase revenue by making sustainable business decisions

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Reduce Your Utility Costs seminar

Provided by Victorian Government Completion Time: Short

Gain practical assistance and knowledge from an expert: attend the Reduce Your Utility Costs seminar to learn how to review your business practices, identify savings opportunities and put a plan in place to reduce your costs using simple, effective sustainability actions.

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Workshops and seminars