Fact:

1°C difference in temperature between indoors and outdoors can add 3% to your air conditioning bill and increase greenhouse gas emissions by the same amount.

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Energy Tips

Manage Office Equipment Energy Use
Office equipment and electronics use energy even when idle or on stand-by. To save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at work, always activate the power management features on your computer and monitor, unplug laptop power cords when not in use and turn off equipment and lights at the end of the day. Consider using a power strip (or surge protector) that can be turned off when you're done using your computers, printers, wireless routers and other electronics.  This may be a simpler solution to remembering to turn off all your electronic equipment every day.
Energy Star in the Office
Energy star ratings apply to personal computers, monitors, photocopiers, printers, fax machines, scanners and multifunction devices (anything that can print, fax and scan as well as copy).
 
  • Compare the power ratings in operating, low power, sleep and off modes so that you can select the most energy efficient equipment
  • Choose equipment that returns to operating mode quickly after being switched on or woken up.
 
Find out more at Energy Star
Lighting
Lighting technologies have improved substantially over the last 10 years. The quality office lighting is an important factor in employee satisfaction and productivity, but quality doesn't have to be sacrificed to save energy.
  • Switch all lights to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which are three to four times more efficient than standard incandescent bulbs. Try ordering in bulk and negotiating a competitively bid contract.
  • Encourage others to maximise natural lighting and to turn off lights when leaving a room.
  • Using motion and occupancy sensors can cut energy use by 10%. Ask your employer to consider installing motion sensors in lesser travelled hallways, toilets, conference rooms, and storage areas.

 
Heating & Cooling
  • The temperature of a cooled room in summer should be about 24°C
  • Maintain the temperature of a heated room in winter at 21°C
  • Place the air conditioner on the shady side of the building ensuring that air flow around it isn't obstructed
  • Widen the range of thermostat settings in areas that do not require full comfort heating (e.g. corridors and store rooms)
  • Use a time switch to make sure your air conditioner does not operate on weekends and public holidays
  • Most heat is gained through the windows. Keep curtains and outdoor shadings closed in summer
  • Choose energy efficient equipment for air conditioning and heating to achieve bonus savings of 20-30% in energy costs and greenhouse gases
  • Turning down the heating can increase comfort and save money
 
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Purchasing New Products
When buying new products for your office at work or at home, you can get the features and performance you want and still help reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Look for ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment, such as computers, photocopiers, printers, lighting, heating and cooling equipment, commercial appliances and more.

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Australian Building Greenhouse Rating scheme
The Australian Building Greenhouse Rating scheme can assist businesses to achieve savings of 20-40% on their energy bill and reduce greenhouse emissions.
 
The ABGR scheme is a national program that benchmarks commercial office buildings greenhouse impact on a scale of 1- 5. The more stars your building or tenancy receives, the better its greenhouse performance. A 3 star rating represents current best market practice.
 
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