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Energy efficiency tips

We hope the following will prove useful to you and your business in working towards a cleaner environment, reducing your bill and improving profitability.

Equipment and staff - your two important energy savers

It's important, to make sure the units you use are designed with energy efficiency in mind and kept in good working order. Of course, how you use that equipment is key as well, and that's where your staff can make a huge difference. Make sure that they're trained in the basics of energy-saving behaviour.

They should know, for example, the importance of switching off (leaving appliances switched on when they're not in use is the most common cause of unnecessarily high electricity bills). In addition, supervisors and operators should be trained to make sure the settings of appliances and lighting levels are reduced where appropriate.

Remember, we're here to help. For expert answers to any further questions you may have, talk to the AGL Energy Advisory at 1300 793 477.


Good quality, appropriate lighting improves working conditions and has a positive impact on productivity.

Lighting should be task appropriate. For example, the amount and quality of light needed for a task such as intricate watch repair is different to that needed in a storeroom.

As a general rule, it is always better to use as much natural light as possible, only using artificial lighting to boost light levels when required. Taking advantage of free light reduces the amount of artificial light you have to pay for.

If you are unsure about what lighting level is appropriate, contact the AGL Energy Advisory at 1300 793 477.

You can also refer to the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1680.2.2. Table 3.1 of this standard sets out minimum lighting levels by task.


If you are unsure about the de-lamping process, contact a professional lighting specialist to help guide you. Or contact the AGL Energy Advisory at 1300 793 477.


Depending on the type of globes that are in use in your business, chances are there is a more energy efficient globe you could be using.

Ask a lighting professional about more energy efficient solutions that are available to your business. Or contact the AGL Energy Advisory at 1300 793 477.


Lighting sensors can provide significant energy savings by ensuring lights are only used when needed.

As sensors are an additional cost to install on top of globes and fittings, they are usually considered in conjunction with planning a new lighting refit or when moving in to a new tenancy and installing lighting from scratch. For further information, contact a commercial lighting specialist or talk to the AGL Energy Advisory at 1300 793 477.

Parking and outdoor lighting

Outdoor areas and parking areas can use a lot of energy. All the preceding tips also apply to these two areas.

Hot water

Choosing the right system

If your system is too large, you will waste money by heating more water than you need. If it's too small, running out of hot water could affect the efficiency of your business. The AGL Advisory Team can provide impartial advice on the best system for your needs.

Keeping your system well maintained also saves energy. This includes maintenance to the heater itself as well as to taps A single tap dripping at a rate of 90 drops each minute will waste around 1400 litres of water in a single month. If it's hot water, you're also literally pouring energy down the drain.

Questions? Talk to the AGL Energy Advisory at 1300 793 477

Commercial Refrigeration

Choosing the right fridge

If you're purchasing a new fridge, buy the most efficient model you can reasonably afford. This will save you money on running costs over the appliance's lifetime.

Keep your fridge well stocked

Restock drinks refrigerators, bottle cabinets and freezers at the end of each day, and fill any significant empty spaces with boxes of stock or bottles of water. This reduces the exchange of cold and warm air when the door is opened, which reduces the workload on the compressor.

At retail, point-of-sale situations, stocking popular lines at eye level helps by reducing the amount of time the doors are held open.

Maintain the correct temperature

Ensure the temperature is set correctly for each product. Use a thermometer to check the temperature regularly.

Fridge seals

Keep an eye on your fridge seals and replace any that are showing signs of wear. A poorly sealed fridge will use much more energy than necessary.


Protect the fridge motor from direct heat or sunlight and ensure that there is sufficient venting to allow heat to escape.

Questions? Talk to the AGL Energy Advisory at 1300 793 477.

Maintaining a comfortable work environment


Effective insulation will reduce energy bills by making the most of your heating and cooling systems. The most important area to consider is above the ceiling, though insulation in the walls and floors, weather stripping of doors and windows and properly-fitted blinds and window coverings will all help to keep warm air inside in winter and outside in summer.

Optimal temperatures

Recommended temperatures for optimal energy savings are 24-25ºC in summer and 18-20º C in winter. A single degree cooler in summer or warmer in winter could increase your energy costs by as much as 10%. An effective and well-maintained thermostat is essential.

Heating and cooling

When choosing new heating or cooling equipment, consult an expert who can advise on the right size and type of unit for your needs.

For cooling, ask about the relative pros and cons of evaporative units, refrigeration units and reverse cycle air conditioners.

For heating, consider the relative merits of storage floor heating or slab heating, radiant panels, infrared heaters and gas-flued heating. The size of the area you have to heat is important. Domestic ducted heating systems, for example, are appropriate for many smaller offices and retail outlets. Boiler-driven heating, on the other hand, can provide an economical heating solution for larger areas.

Questions? Talk to the AGL Energy Advisory at 1300 793 477.



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