Castlemaine manufacturer cuts power bills and carbon emissions

The Victoria Carpet Company is reducing its power bills and carbon emissions with the help of a grant of almost $60,000 from the Gillard Labor Government’s $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs.

Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, congratulated Victoria Carpets on its innovative project, which should save about $79,000 a year on its power bills and reduce the carbon emissions intensity of its dryers by 86%.

“The Gillard Labor Government is working with Victoria Carpets to help them reduce emissions and save costs by replacing a gas-fired steam dryer with a gas-fired direct dryer and installing a moisture control system,” Ms Chesters said.

“This investment will help bring about a brighter future for the company and help secure jobs. Without the Clean Technology Investment Program, this may not have occurred.”

“These changes are just the sort of practical improvements that the Clean Technology Investment Programs are designed to support and it’s good to see a Castlemaine manufacturer taking advantage of the available funding.”

“By helping companies invest in energy efficient capital equipment and low emissions technologies, processes and products, Federal Labor is supporting projects that are good for businesses, good for the community and good for the environment.

Ms Chesters said the $800 million Clean Technology Investment Program and the $200 million Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program support manufacturers making the transition to a low pollution economy and are an important part of the Gillard Labor Government’s plan for a Clean Energy Future.

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