New energy-saving scheme for Pirie retailers

BRIGHT IDEA: Helen Grace, of Prests, stands in her homeware store with the new low-energy LED fluorescent lights in the background.

BRIGHT IDEA: Helen Grace, of Prests, stands in her homeware store with the new low-energy LED fluorescent lights in the background.

Retailers are saying “YESS” to a new way of lighting up their shops.

The free Your Energy Savings Solution (YESS) scheme has already come to Port Pirie with homeware and gifts store Prests being among the latest participants.

Under the plan, shops are fitted with low-energy LED fluorescent lights instead of power-hungry standard fittings.

The scheme caught the eye of the Port Pirie Chamber of Commerce and Industry which is promoting it among its members and other traders.

Helen Grace, of Prests, said her store had just taken part in the scheme and was “very happy”.

“We have had 38 fluorescent lights which were 36-watt replaced with 15-watt LED fluorescents,” she said.

“There is plenty of light from the new fittings and customers have commented favourably.

“Over time we expect to reduce our electricity bill significantly. Any cost savings are beneficial to any business.

“We urge other businesses to take advantage of the free cost-saving exercise.

“The overall appearance of our giftware store has improved and we are very happy with the scheme.”

Your Energy Saving Solutions is a home-grown company based in Unley. It provides energy-saving solutions to the commercial sector by identifying and introducing energy-smart lighting solutions.

It has 25 staff and 100 sub-contractors and works with several of Australia’s biggest energy retailers.

The company is one of the biggest service providers under the Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme which has operated in South Australia since 2009 and requires most energy retailers to provide incentives to commercial and residential customers.

The efficiency program is a state government Initiative.

About 40 businesses in Port Pirie are being fitted with the lights.

Toyworld owner Dwayne Malycha said retailers could save a “big whack” of money by making the switch, as he had done.

“For any business that is running fluorescents, you can cut the electricity bill by 30 to 40 percent,” he said.

“You just have to try anything to reduce your costs.”

The campaign was discussed at the latest chamber of commerce meeting.

Chamber president Mark Hanlon urged businesses to embrace the change.