Ways your business can save money on energy
There are a few simple and easy steps your Australian business can take to reduce its electricity and gas prices, which may cut its energy bills alongside its carbon footprint.
Examine your power bills
The first thing to do when trying to save is to look at the previous 12 months' worth of bills.
This way you can lsee your average consumption, as this can vary with the seasons.
You may find your air conditioning unit is costing you in the summer, while your winter heating bill is lower, or vice versa.
Doing some calculations will help you see what changes your corporation needs to make, whether it be using a fan instead of the aircon when it's hot, or knocking the thermostat down a degree in the winter.
See where you can make improvements
After taking a look through the bills from the previous year, you might come across certain patterns that indicate some appliances are using a lot of energy.
Once you have identified these areas, you will be able to see where you can make improvements.
It could be as simple as making sure all your employees switch off their computers, including their monitors, at the end of the day.
Computer monitors left on standby use around 3 watts per day, according to the South Australian government.
While this might not sound like much, it can add up, particularly if you have a large number of employees.
Aim for a higher NABERS rating
The Australian government has set up a scheme to measure the environmental impact of businesses Down Under.
Buildings are rated on the NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Ratings System), which measures the energy efficiency of a structure.
A score of six or above indicates the building has exceptional energy efficiency, which means greater savings, while a lower score shows there is work that could be done to make a building more sustainable.
The scheme allows you to compare your business' efficiency with that of buildings of a similar size, so you can get a fair idea of the improvements you will need to make to get it up to scratch.
As a result of these changes, your carbon footprint will also decrease. If your NABERS score goes up by one star, it equates to a saving of 15 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions.
Your business can do a self-assessment, which may help you discover areas to work on so you can boost your score.
Calculate your equipment's efficiency
Use energy labels to compare the energy efficiency and consumption of goods in the office. The higher the star rating, the more savings you are likely to see in your bill from that item.
Most appliances fitted out with this rating will have a sticker on the front that indicates the number of kilojoules the appliance will use over the course of the year.
If you are looking to replace equipment, whether it be the office fridge or the air conditioning unit in your workplace, make sure you pay the energy rating label as much attention as the item's size and specifications.
Another step you can take is to look at the other gas or electricity suppliers on offer to see if your business could be entitled to a better deal.
This does not involve making any changes to your usage, but could result in lower prices. This cost could be further reduced if you combined power saving initiatives with a cheaper energy supplier.
If your company is regularly paying over $35,000 on your bills, you might want to consider obtaining an energy contract where you will be charged the lowest rates on offer.
Posted by Richard West.