Office equipment could be losing you money

Taking steps to reduce the impact of rising electricity prices is something many offices are prioritising, but when was the last time you looked at the equipment you're using?

While it's not always practical to replace outdated photocopiers, PCs and other hardware, there are nevertheless some changes that can be made to ensure efficiency in your office space. In some instances, it might just be a case of altering your habits when using the equipment, while in others, upgrades may be needed.

Carry out an audit

Of course, the first step towards knowing which equipment is the least efficient is to carry out an audit. There are specialist companies that will do this for a fee, but the NABERS Energy Management Guide for Tenants may prove useful.

It's beneficial to encourage staff to adopt more environmental awareness in the office.

NABERS estimates that office tenants are responsible for around 50 per cent of energy usage in their buildings, so it makes sense for them to take action. The guide outlines what your business needs to do to reduce its environmental impact, without seeing any effect on its everyday operations.

Do it yourself

If your business isn't in the financial position to replace hardware with newer, more efficient models, then why not take some alternative action? CitySwitch is a business community that encourages Australian companies to become greener, and it has some top tips for enhancing equipment performance.

For example, why not use energy saving modes wherever they are available? Computers, photocopiers and a range of other devices come with this capability, meaning you can use the equipment in the most eco-friendly way.

It's also beneficial to encourage staff to adopt more environmental awareness in the office. Simple steps such as switching off computer monitors and turning out the lights when leaving a room can all start to take effect.

Encourage environmental awareness in the office.Encourage environmental awareness in the office.

Look for Energy Rating Labels

If you do decide to invest in new hardware, then keep an eye out for Energy Rating Labels. These rank the efficiency of a device using between one and ten stars. Appliances are ranked on a like-for-like basis, so if for example you're considering one of two printers, you can rest assured that they've been assessed using the same criteria.

Australian law requires certain products to display Energy Rating Labels. These include air conditioning systems, computer monitors and refrigerators.

The potential savings from investing in energy-rated equipment are far reaching, so it's well worth a closer look if your electricity prices could do with coming down.

Posted by Richard West