Body Repairer

Body repair workshops are the biggest energy users amongst the automotive industry with lighting, spray booths, air compressor and heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) being the major contributors. An audit of body repair workshops in metropolitan and regional areas of Victoria and Tasmania identified that an average body repair workshop uses 136,729 kWh of electricty per year. That is an average cost of $22,987 per year.

 

Quick tips to manage your major energy contributors:

LIGHTING

  • Install timers or sensors on your lighting
  • Regularly clean skylights
  • Display signs to remind workers to switch off the lights

 

SPRAY BOOTHS

  • Maintain insulation of booths
  • Retrofit variable speed drives (VSD)
  • Tune burners
  • Convert to a direct gas firing system
  • Install an automatic air recirculation system

 

HEATING VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC)

  • Rest your thermostats
  • Program HVAC controllers to match operating hours
  • Draught proof your doors and windows

 

AIR COMPRESSOR

  • Ensure regular maintenance and check for leaks
  • Purchase an air compressor that is the right size for your business needs
  • Turn off the air compressor when not required or install a timed switch

 

To access the body repair fact sheet for more information and recommendations click here.