"My name is Brad Wilson. I'm the general manager for Calcoup Knitwear. The business has been around for over 30 years."
Calcoup Knitwear has experienced the rising energy costs firsthand at their large warehouse facility.
"We're one of Australia's top knitwear providers for school wear and corporate wear. We have a large warehouse in Condell Park, so we need to make sure that energy costs are down."
As a member with the NSW Business Chamber for many years, Brad is regularly contacted by his account manager to offer various assistance and advice to help his business grow...when it came to his rising energy costs
this was no different.
"The Business Energy Advice Program
recently contacted us about energy savings. It's an Australian Government initiative, so we took it on. They sent out a representative within a few days."
"They offered impartial advice; we knew that was someone that we could trust."
Their business expert not only helped them get set up with LED lights to reduce costs but also assisted in organising a solar system to create long term energy savings.
"Within a month the ball was rolling, and we're heading in the right direction," said Brad.
The team at Ecovantage also stepped in to help get Calcoup set up on their energy efficiency plan.
Thomas Sheridan from Ecovantage was on the ground to provide the lighting and solar upgrade for Calcoup.
"We're proud to be partnering with beap
on this program. It's a great initiative, and we encourage any other small businesses to get involved," said Thomas.
Calcoup is already excited by the projected savings and the impact it will have on their operations.
"As a result of the energy advice program
, we've been able to save ourselves approximately 70% on energy costs which is a huge saving for us!" said Brad.
Not only are the savings significant, but the payback of the switches is swift.
"The payback is quite quick. For the LED lights the payback is only half a year, whereas the solar panels, they will pay themselves off in one-half years. It's a great initiative from beap
. They have looked after us very quickly," said Brad.
So, what does Brad think of beap
"It's been a fantastic service
. It's free, and I recommend this service to anyone in the manufacturing area. We're happy to be on board with this project and see where we can save our pennies. Exciting times for us!"