Making your office space more energy efficient
Is your business struggling with rising electricity prices which are being reflected in higher office energy bills?
You're not alone, as rising prices all over Australia are affecting a great deal of people.
Because there are many little-known ways that you can help your business to save on energy, we've listed a few here so that you can pick and choose some energy saving methods to adopt.
Lighting your office often chews through electricity use. Number one - don't light your office after hours! If you're concerned about security, use an infrared sensor light instead, which will only turn on when there is movement.
Also consider the level of brightness when it comes to your lighting. Use natural lighting to your advantage as much as possible and perhaps install dimming and timing features. Use energy efficient light bulbs wherever possible.
It's also important to make sure all office appliances are turned off overnight. That means printers, photocopy machines and computers should all be switched off at the wall, because they still use energy if not completely turned off.
When it comes to the kitchen, you'll do yourself a favour by investing in energy efficient appliances. Fridges and dishwashers can all come with varying degrees of the eco friendly factor, so when you're on the lookout to buy, make sure you choose one with a good energy rating. It may cost slightly more upfront, but this will pay itself off quickly when you save on power.
As well as this, place your fridge or freezer well away from sources of heat, so it doesn't have to work even harder to stay cold. Keep it well stocked with food so that the cold generated is never wasted on empty space - buy one with the appropriate capacity for your office.
When it comes to heating and cooling, be sure to adjust the temperature each season. Don't heat or cool any rooms that aren't being used and make sure that staff are responsible when it comes to setting the temperature or turning an appliance on and off.
Hot water is another big consumer of energy. Firstly, use efficient water systems such as electronic sensors and shower filters so that less water is wasted. Place the hot water system near where the highest concentration of usage is going to occur, such as in the kitchen or bathroom and watch those bills go down.
Posted by Matthew Cole