Reduce your costs

No matter what industry you work in, there are many ways you can reduce your energy usage and save money. The less you spend on electricity, the better your bottom-line.

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You’d be surprised how implementing these useful tips can lead to big savings over time.

Making use of natural lighting can have a positive impact on workplace productivity and employee well-being. Implement these tips to keep lighting costs down while lighting up your workplace:

  • Replace old globes with LED lights. LED globes use around 80% less energy and last longer
  • Some spaces in your workplace, such as meeting rooms, don’t need to be lit all the time. To ensure spaces are only lit when they are in use, set timers or sensors. If setting a timer isn’t an option, put up signs encouraging employees to turn off lights when they leave the room.
  • Ensure your workplace is set up in a way that makes the most of natural light. If you have lots of windows try to arrange the office in a way that maximises daylight .
  • Delamp your workplace. De-lamping is the act of removing lamps from fittings where the light output exceeds what is needed. If the light fitting is inefficient, it can be improved with a reflector.

There are plenty of ways you can beat the NT heat and save. Implement these tips and use less electricity while keeping your workforce cool:

  • Ensure that meeting rooms have timers or signage encouraging people to turn off the aircon when not in use.
  • Set aircons around 24˚C.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 *Remember, every degree you lower your aircon can increase its running costs by up to 10%.*    
  • Keep your fans dust-free it will prevent the motor from heating up and using more power.
  • Clean your aircon filters regularly. A clogged up filter can increase your unit’s running costs by 5-10%.
  • Often the TV in the break room runs for the entire work day. Encourage employees to turn off the TV when not in use.
  • At the end of the workday turn off all appliances at the switch. Encourage employees to turn off their computers and printers before leaving their work station.
  • Ensure to regularly tag and test appliances and equipment. A faulty appliance is not only a safety risk but could be draining electricity.
  • Server rooms can account for up to 40% of energy use in commercial office buildings. If your office or building has a server room, savings can be made by improving airflow to the room, using fresh air for cooling rather than simply relying on air conditiioning, optimising the storage space and properly decommissioning redundant servers.

There are several ways to use less energy in the office kitchen. Implement these helpful tips to save:

  • Schedule a weekly fridge clean out. A fridge that is stocked to the brim will use more power. By leaving a little room in the back, air will circulate more efficiently.
  • Set all fridge temperatures between 3°C and 5°C, and freezers between -15°C and -18°C.
  • Make sure fridge and freezer door seals are in good condition. Place a paper between the fridge and the fridge door. If the seals don't hold the paper in place when the fridge door is shut, then consider replacing your fridge seals.
  • Only run the office dishwasher once it’s full. Perhaps schedule a time that it is to go on every day.
  • When using the dishwasher always use the economy cycle.

Some tips require an initial investment but can prove to significantly cut electricity costs over time.

  • Solar energy is initially an expensive investment but is one of the most cost effective changes you can make.
  • Invest in quality energy efficient equipment that will use less electricity.
  • Reduce heating and cooling costs by installing insulation. Ceiling insulation is particularly effective at reducing variations between the inside and outside air temperatures.