Scarborough Physiotherapy - ecoBiz case study
Find out how our ecoBiz Star Partner Scarborough Physiotherapy (a health care clinic in Moreton Bay) reduced their energy use.
The free ecoBiz program has assessed the waste, water and energy practices in hundreds of businesses in Queensland and developed case studies to help businesses improve their operations and save money through sustainability.
Scarborough Physiotherapy is a boutique physiotherapy and multidisciplinary health care clinic on the Redcliffe Peninsula in Moreton Bay. The one-stop health shop offers physio, massage, acupuncture, pilates, pelvic health, orthotics and more.
Since their first ecoBiz coaching session in 2018, Scarborough Physiotherapy has implemented measures to reduce their energy use. In 2021, they were recognised as an ecoBiz Star Partner after reducing their energy use per employee by 58%.
“As a business owner I have always been frustrated around talk about being an environmentally friendly business if it occurs without action. It is important to me that our business is sustainable from an environmental and financial perspective. When you can achieve both together that is ideal. Through being involved in the ecoBiz programme this has helped us to define and progress towards outcomes in our business that are both environmentally and economically sustainable and I am grateful for this.” Nick Schuster, Owner
KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE ENERGY USE
The installation of an 18kW rooftop solar PV system is the main initiative that has helped Scarborough Physiotherapy reduce its energy bills.
They have additional measures in place to reduce energy use:
- They have installed LED lighting.
- They have purchased an energy-efficient washer drier. On sunny days, they use a clothes horse rather than the dryer.
- Air conditioners operate at 24°C and are regularly serviced.
- The building windows have film or blinds to prevent heat ingress.
- They use laptops that are more energy-efficient than desktop computers.
- Staff turn off lights, equipment and the air conditioner when they are not needed and overnight.
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ecoBiz is a free program funded by the Queensland Government and run by the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) that helps Queensland businesses audit their resource use and reduce costs from waste, water, and energy bills. After a free two-hour coaching session with a sustainability expert, businesses receive a written report with practical and tangible solutions, which are often no or low cost to implement.