Get energy efficient at work in the new year

Using computers and other electrical items efficiently is a great way to save money at work 16000646 800472675 0 0 7017014 300

With a new year upon us, now is a great time to relax and reflect on the successes of 2011 and the changes we want to make in 2012.

Next year marks the introduction of the carbon tax, which means that green issues are on the brains of households and businesses alike.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to go green as we move into a new year - improving your eco-friendly credentials and potentially easing the burden on your wallet due to electricity prices.

The Australian government estimates that while energy efficient products can help to considerably cut down on carbon emissions - switching to more efficient office equipment, for example, can help you slash each item's electricity consumption by up to 50 per cent - it is also the way you use these products that contributes to your overall energy consumption.

A good first step is to evaluate your current equipment - does it feature Energy Star labels? And if so, how many stars does it have?

Reading an Energy Star label is easy and straightforward - all you need to do is see how many stars your appliance has.

Generally speaking, the more stars the better,  but you'll also want to calculate your electricity consumption in terms of kilowatt hours and come up with a rough estimate of how much the item will cost to run over the course of the year.

You'll also want to ensure your office products are working as efficiently as possible. In other words, you will need to keep an eye on the risk of overheating by taking power management action - this can maximise the performance and the life of products such as microprocessors and hard drives.

While eco-friendly changes and modifications to your office equipment can result in greater efficiency, there may also be a way to make even further savings.

You may be paying more than you need to for electricity at work - and if you think you have the basics covered in terms of efficiency, it might be worth shopping around for a better deal.

Contacting a switching service is a great hassle-free way to do this. All you'll need to do is provide some basic details including your business address and a helpful representative will let you know if there are cheaper or more suitable providers in your area.

Posted by Charlie Moore