Case study

Beefy’s saves 18% in annual energy bills with EnergyFlex

Beefy's Pies, QLD



Annual energy savings


Annual CO² reduction

Beefy’s Pies, a premium bakery located on the Sunshine Coast, faced a challenge.

Beefy’s was interested in transitioning to solar energy, but the return on investment for a solar PV system was projected to take over a decade. 

The bakery had just 15 months to take advantage of its preferential energy tariff – an exceptional 5c/kWh and substantially lower than standard rates. The forecasted new tariffs were expected to be double or even triple the existing rates. 

“We weren’t aware of the value of our Energy Asset and were grappling with limitations in energy supply due to the capacity of the local transformer. This restriction not only hampered our growth prospects but also resulted in significant demand charges, which went towards cancelling the benefits of having a preferential tariff,” says Jason Lyons, Business Development Manager at Beefy’s. 

How it was approached

The challenge:
A soon-to-expire preferential energy tariff contract and crippling demand charges.
The approach:

Used EnergyFlex insights to make operational decisions, including replacing its hot water system and optimising refrigeration compressors.

The outcome:

18% reduction in energy costs; 40% reduction in demand charges; 30% reduction in water usage.

Beefy’s estimates that it will enjoy significant energy cost savings each year. The gravy on the pie was the 30% decrease in water usage.

Strategic energy operations

To unlock its Energy Asset, Beefy’s undertook a comprehensive EnergyFlex assessment to analyse its energy usage patterns.

Insights from this assessment led to the engagement of a refrigeration specialist to optimise energy consumption. Turns out, the water heater and refrigeration systems were the biggest energy guzzlers.

Key initiatives included:
the instantaneous hot water system with a more efficient stored hot water system;
variable speed drives on refrigeration compressors;
a heat exchanger system for the compressor exhausts.
Energy savings
These changes resulted in a significant 18% reduction in energy costs and a 40% reduction in demand charges.
The gravy on the pie.

“Having these energy insights puts us in a strong position in upcoming energy supply agreement negotiations,” says Jason. “Without them, energy costs might have become a challenge.”

Beefy’s is now focusing on operational modifications to minimise power usage during peak evening hours. It is also using EnergyFlex to evaluate the integration of solar and battery solutions to further decrease daytime demand charges, enhance operational resilience, and potentially enable safe operation under a spot exposed electricity contract.

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