Saving power can be one of the simplest ways of improving the
profitability of your business. You can make quick power saving changes across
your business that will reduce your energy bills, lessen carbon pollution and
conserve energy. By also training your staff on energy saving, together you can
do your bit for the environment.
The more energy you save, the more profitable your business can be.
Here are 10 great ways to start:
- Keep control of your heating & cooling
By simply reducing the heating temperatures in your business by one degree
in winter can cut your heating bill by up to 8%. If possible, open up the
blinds or curtains on a sunny day and turn the heater off. In warmer
months, setting your air conditioner's temperature just one degree higher
than usual can reduce the power it uses by up to 10%. Positioning
thermostats away from draughts and direct sunlight ensures they are
- Avoid wastage - You can save up to 75% of total heat loss by
closing doors to colder rooms on cooler days, and closing doors to warmer
rooms on hotter days. Fitting draught excluders and making sure your
premises are well insulated can be very cost effective. Keeping doors and
windows closed when heating or air conditioning is running will also save
- Minimise artificial lighting & replace existing lighting with a
more efficient option
By having the windows and skylights clean, you can cut the amount you
spend on lighting. If you are working in one part of a room, isolate the
lights to that area only. Label switches so your staff only turn on the
lights they need, and turn them off completely at the end of a working
day. You could also consider installing presence and daylight sensors to
turn the lights on and off automatically. Switch your existing lighting to
a more efficient lighting system - there are plenty of options available,
and the annual savings are considerable.
- Use energy saving features
Most electronic office equipment such as printers and photocopiers have
energy saving capabilities. Train your staff on how to use these features.
- Switch off office equipment when not in use
A single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day can cost over $200 a
year. Switching it off after hours will conserve energy and reduce your
energy bill. You could also fit seven-day timers to ensure equipment like
printers and photocopiers are turned off overnight and on weekends. Energy
star computers with a sleep mode consume up to 80% less energy than
conventional computers, with laptops up to 90%. Setting PCs to go into
sleep mode when not in use can save up to 70% of the energy they consume
when in full power mode.
- Make sure your equipment & systems are well maintained
A properly maintained heating and cooling system should work more
efficiently than one that is not maintained. This should save energy and
- Out with the old…update your heating and cooling systems
If your old air conditioner or heater is not working at maximum
efficiency, it could cost you money and use a lot of unnecessary power. By
replacing air conditioners and heaters that are more than 10 years old,
you can save up to 40% of your annual heating and cooling energy costs.
- Invest well
When purchasing PCs, monitors, printers, fax machines and copiers,
consider ENERGY STAR© models that power down after a user-specified period
of inactivity. If appropriate, use inkjet printers - they consume 90% less
energy than laser printers. Purchase appropriately sized copiers for your
business's needs. Look for the energy rating label when purchasing new
appliances and equipment – the more stars the better.
- Get your staff involved in the effort to save power
Create an energy efficient work culture in your business. Saving energy
will require your employees to take on some of the responsibility, so make
sure to consult them before changing your practises, and ensure everyone
is on board in the effort to reduce power usage.
- Take advantage of grants & assistance in your State
Access grants and other funding programs for energy efficient projects atwww.business.gov.au/grantfinder
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