Energy costs are one of the largest business costs. The first priority is to avoid paying for energy being used unnecessarily. Monitoring how much energy your business is using and what is using it is the first step to energy efficiency.
Every piece of equipment you purchase and use in the business can either cost you more over time or can be an investment that delivers you long term savings. Computers and office equipment such as printers, photocopiers and fax machines can typically contribute between 30 and 55 per cent of tenant energy use. When evaluating purchase options companies need to consider not just purchase price, but day to day running costs.
ENERGY EFFICIENT PRACTICES
Implementing and improving your energy efficient practices is low hanging fruit for any business. If you have staff or regular visitors to your business premises, either training them or ensuring clear signage to remind everyone of best energy efficiency practices is a simple but effective step.
Coal generated electricity currently accounts for about 60 per cent of Australia’s electricity usage , followed by gas (16 per cent) and oil. Renewable sources contribute about 19% of total electricity generation (hydro, wind and solar). Better businesses are moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources to reduce greenhouse emissions and air pollution.
USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES
- Business Energy Advice Program – free Government energy advice and services for eligible small businesses
- Energy Saver NSW for Business – courses, coaching, rebates and resources
- Energy saving for Home-Based Businesses – easy helpful tips for reducing energy costs for a home based business
- Ku-ring-gai Home Businesses – book in a Green Style assessment online
- Ku-ring-gai Council Better Business Rebates for energy and water
- Energy monitors Efergy
- Energy Equipment Rating – Energy Rating
- Clean Energy Council – Guide to buying solar