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Energy Saving Tips For Your Home

The following practical tips can help you save on your energy bill.  Download a Brochure

 More Information on  Working from Home Electricity Cost by Energy Networks Australia.

       Any time

  • Turn off appliances at the power point when you're not using them.
  • Use less hot water and have shorter showers
  • Upgrade your home insulation, windows and blinds to heat-proof your house.
  • Take advantage of the sun and rely on natural light as much as you can each day, rather than automatically turning on the lights.

 

      Autumn and Winter

  • Insulate the roof, walls and floor, seal off draughts.
  • Let in winter sun and draw curtains at night.
  • Dress for the temperature by putting on a jumper and warm socks.
  • Zone your home and only heat the rooms you are using.
  • Use doors to prevent heat escaping into unused rooms.

 

          Draught-proofing

  • Reduce the costs of winter heating and summer cooling by making sure your house is well insulated and draught proofed.
  • Fit draught stoppers and weather sealing tape to external doors and doors to high ventilation areas
  • Fit weather sealing tape to windows
  • Avoid vented, recessed downlights, which can increase air leakage
  • Seal any cracks or gaps in floors, walls and ceiling with a filler.
  • Install exhaust fans
  • Use a chimney damper when the fireplace is not in use

 

       Summer & Spring

  • Fans should be the first choice for cooling
  • For efficient air conditioning, the house or room should be sealed and highly insulated with bulk and reflective insulation
  • Windows must also be shaded from the summer sun
  • Zone your home by cooling one part of your house and cut down on cooling in other areas
  • Close your house during the heat of the day and open it up at night to cool it down naturally

 

          Be bushfire ready 

  • Keep in mind that the peak fire season varies depending on where you live in Australia. Check with the Bureau of Meteorology to find out when the fire risk is highest in your area.
  • Install fine metal mesh screens on windows and doors
  • Fit seals around doors and windows to eliminate gaps
  • Enclose the areas under the house
  • Keep lawns short and gardens well maintained
  • Cut back trees and shrubs overhanging buildings
  • Clean up fallen leaves, twigs and debris around the property

 

       In the Bathroom and Laundry

  • Consider using warm or cold water settings rather than hot
  • Drying clothes costs nothing if you use the sun
  • A clotheshorse can be used in a spare room or near a heater
  • Encourage household members to take shorter showers

 

       In the Kitchen

  • When cooking, do not overfill pots with water. Use the minimum quantity of water needed and keep the lid on.
  • Depending on use, cooking equipment should be serviced twice a year to ensure it is always working at peak efficiency. Also, regularly checking seals and hinges will alert you if equipment needs repair to ensure maximum efficiency.
  • Keep dishwasher and dryer filters clean.
  • Always wash full loads in both dishwashers and washing machines and try to use the fastest cycle
  • Smaller appliances like kettles, coffee machines, crock pots and toasters are more efficient than using the stove.

 

       In Living Areas

  • Switch off TVs and home entertainment systems at the wall
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room

 

       Lighting

  • Switch to energy efficient lighting like compact fluorescent or LED bulbs as an alternative to incandescent or halogen lighting.
  • Turn lights off in areas of your home that are not being used.
  • Use light coloured paint on interior walls, ceilings and other surfaces in your home.
  • Locate windows and skylights to allow natural light inside.

 

         Buy lumens, not watts 

         Lumens let you buy the amount of light you want. So when buying your new bulbs, think lumens, not watts. The brightness,             or lumen levels, of the lights in your home may vary widely, so here's a rule of thumb:

  • To replace a 100 watt (W) incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that gives you about 1600 lumens. If you want something dimmer, go for less lumens; if you prefer brighter light, look for more lumens.
  • Replace a 75W bulb with an energy-saving bulb that gives you about 1100 lumens
  • Replace a 60W bulb with an energy-saving bulb that gives you about 800 lumens
  • Replace a 40W bulb with an energy-saving bulb that gives you about 450 lumens.

 

 

Energy Saving Tips For Businesses

The following practical tips can help you save on your energy bill. Download a Brochure

 

       Office

  • Encourage employees to turn off all office equipment after office hours and for weekends
  • Turning equipment off at the power point will reduce electricity usage to zero
  • Conduct regular maintenance on all office equipment to keep them running efficiently
  • Have computers set to go to sleep automatically after 30 minutes of inactivity
  • Laptops typically consume less than half the energy of a desktop computer
  • Upgrade computer monitors to LCD as they have a greater efficiency than older tube monitors
  • The smaller the monitor screen, the greater the energy efficiency
  • Photocopiers use more energy each time you start, so run all your print jobs at once

 

       Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)

  • Ensure you are using the right size system for the area you are cooling/heating
  • Encourage employees to close doors and windows and draw blinds
  • Switch off heating/cooling when the office is empty
  • All systems should be serviced on a regular basis to maximise efficiency
  • Insulate windows, walls, pipes and boilers
  • Position thermostats away from sunlight, draughts or machinery that emits heat

 

          HVAC optimisation looks for the best ways of using existing systems, rather than opting for large-scale equipment              upgrades and replacements. Optimisation can be done by:

  •  changing algorithms
  •  altering control schedules and set points
  •  carrying out minor mechanical repairs and alterations

 

          HVAC optimisation will reduce your energy bills 

          By taking action you could save up to 50% of your total HVAC energy use, or up to 80% of energy use in individual HVAC                    systems. In many instances, optimisation can provide immediate reductions in energy usage and costs. Other benefits can              include:

  • more comfort for a building’s occupants
  • improved reliability of systems
  • reduced maintenance costs
  •  improved building performance, as recognised in rating schemes such as National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) and Green Star

 

       In the Kitchen and Refrigerators

  • When cooking, do not overfill pots with water and keep the lid on
  • Depending on use, cooking equipment should be serviced twice a year. Regularly checking seals and hinges will alert you if equipment needs repair to ensure maximum efficiency
  • Keep dishwasher and dryer filters clean
  • Always wash full loads in both dishwashers and washing machines and try to use the fastest cycle
  • Smaller appliances like kettles, coffee machines, crockpots and toasters are more efficient than using the stove

 

       Hot Water

  • Check the thermostat on your hot water system is set at a temperature that is appropriate for its use
  • If your business does not rely on hot water, turn the system off

 

       Lighting

  • Encourage employees to turn off all lights, including show room and signs, after business hours
  • Install motion sensor lights in areas not regularly used, such as store rooms and bathrooms
  • Remove tubes from fluorescent fittings if there is more light than needed
  • Replace light fittings with low energy bulbs, particularly in areas where the lights are on for long periods
  • Clean light fittings regularly to ensure they are used to the optimum

 

          Energy Efficient Lighting

         Upgrading your lighting system can help your business save money on energy use. Some businesses use up to 50% of their             overall energy use on lighting. Switching to a more efficient lighting system can:

  • reduce your electricity bill
  • reduce the need for costly maintenance
  • improve safety and conditions at your premises.

 

          What is best practice energy efficient lighting?

          It is important to review the lighting operations of your facility in a holistic manner. Some steps are to:

  • assess the natural light available and the potential to make more use of it in open spaces such as warehouses through devices such as skylights
  • link artificial light use to natural light levels (daylight linking), using sensors and smart cont l systems to minimise energy use
  • assess options for zoning, de-lamping, dimming or multilevel switching to reduce energy consumption
  • identify low activity areas and assess the use of occupancy sensors
  • review the areas (i.e. the zones) in your business with discrete lighting controls, and increase the number of zones (if appropriate) to allow lights to be turned off when areas are not used
  • identify lights that could be upgraded to more energy efficient options
  • assess energy efficient lighting options available to you and the potential savings for your business

 

       Battery Storage

          Businesses can reduce their running costs by using battery storage:

  • to get maximum benefit from a solar photovoltaic (PV) system
  • to optimise usage in relation to time-of-use tariffs
  • to reduce capacity charges.
     

          Businesses can also use battery storage to provide back-up power, to avoid paying for an expensive upgrade to grid                          infrastructure, to trade energy on the wholesale market or as part of an off-grid power supply system.

 

Measure your office energy use

An energy assessment can reduce your businesses' energy use, save money, improve productivity and provide opportunities to innovate. You may be able to conduct your energy assessment in house. If you don’t have the skills within the business to run your own assessment, many external experts or energy services companies will do all or part of it for you.

 

       D-I-Y

          1. Gather the last 12 months of billing data. If this information isn’t detailed enough, give us a call: we may be able to                           provide more specifics. While billing data may not answer all your questions, it should uncover gaps or identify some                         of your company’s higher-energy use processes.

  • Consider hiring a temporary meter (for short-term use) or installing your own meters to capture specific operating periods.
  • Don’t forget to factor in daily, monthly or seasonal variations when you are analysing the results.

 

          2. Analyse your energy baseline. This baseline will clarify the relationship between energy costs to business output.                           Common analysis techniques include:

  • track energy use over time to determine energy use patterns (consider seasonal, monthly, weekly, daily or hourly usage)
  • X-Y plotting energy use versus production or other parameters, and
  • benchmarking energy performance to reveal whether a process, facility or business unit is operating at optimum performance level, or to draw comparisons between sites.
     

          3. Track your results. Make sure you close the loop by tracking your progress and any improvements in your                                        company’s energy use over time you’ll have great data to share across your business (success stories are an excellent way                to build support for continual energy savings).

 

       Get an Audit

         There are benefits to getting an audit done by an energy expert.

  • It is a good option if you want an accurate real-time reading for all plug-in and hard-wired appliances.
  • It is recommended for businesses with annual electricity bills of over $5000.

         Most consultants will give you an action plan with details on how to cut your energy use.