Tips for Conserving Energy

Office Equipment

Introduce a company policy to switch off all Office equipment the end of the business day, these may include:

1. Computers

2. Monitors

3. Photocopiers

4. Printers

5. Shredders

6. Urns

When purchasing new equipment research which may consume less energy whilst encourage productivity.

Lighting

Some simple steps can be followed to encourage conserving energy:

1. Install timers to switch electricity on and off;

2. Install motion sensors for conference rooms, toilets and offices to reduce energy consumption when the space is not being used;

3. Consider updating all the incandescent or halogen lighting with energy saving lighting such as fluorescent bulbs and LEDs this includes all exits and illuminated signage. Alternatively, consider low-voltage halogen lights.

Heat and Cool Efficiently

To ensure the cool in summer and heat in winter is not costing you a small fortune there are a few things you can do to stay comfortable.

1. Window coverings such as blinds, awnings or window tinting can insulate the premises;

2. Each season adjust your heating and cooling. It is common to set the thermostat to between 18°C and 21°C in winter and 24°C in summer. Note that each degree cooler or warmer can add more than 7% to your total energy bill;

3. When selecting a thermostat, choose one with timer settings so that the building is not heated or cooled when the office is unattended;

4. Close off vents in unused areas;

5. Ensure thermostats are not located near a draught or frequently used exit doors;

6. Insulate the building, the ceiling in particular;

7. Open doors and windows when outside temperatures are comfortable to take advantage of fresh air.

Hot Water

When selecting a hot water system some things to take into consideration are:

1. Your expected usage;

2. You can insulate hot water pipes to reduce heat loss and increase the efficiency of the hot water service;

3. Consider the positioning of your hot water system/s, where the most usage is going to occur and install the systems as close to the outlets as possible. This will reduce the time it takes for hot water to travel from the taps and the amount of water the system has to heat;

4. Consider using an instantaneous hot water service which only consumes energy when in use if the hot water is only used occasionally;

5. If you are using less than 80 litres of hot water per daily another optional is solar power instead of electricity;

6. To reduce water wastage you can install electronic sensors on taps and low-flow nozzles on showers and taps;

7. When the business is closed for extended periods, ensure the hot water service is turned off.

Refrigeration

When installing refrigeration there are a few key factors that need to be considered and once installed a few pointers to reduce energy consumption are:

1. Think about the placement of fridges and freezers, they should be located away from heat sources (including sunlight) and that there is adequate airflow around motors, compressors and vents for hot air to escape;

2. At the end of each day try to re-stock fridges and freezers and fill cool rooms with as much stock as possible to reduce the cold air lost;

3. To ensure no cold air is escaping check all hinges, catches and sealing strips are in working order and undamaged;

4. All fans, motors, and other moving parts should be cleaned and dust and ice removed this will ensure efficient operation and maintenance of good hygiene.