Using energy more efficiently doesn't mean reducing productivity. The pay-off is reduced running costs, improved profitability and a more positive environmental impact.

Start using energy more efficiently today.

Your business already has two major assets in the drive to be more energy efficient: your people and equipment.

Savings can begin just by turning equipment off when not in use. You may be surprised what a difference it makes when computers and copiers are turned-off at night and weekends. Bring your staff up to speed with good energy-saving practices and encourage them to bring their own ideas to the table.

If you haven’t already, review your equipment’s energy efficiency and make sure it’s in good working order. Train your supervisors and operators to know how and when to reduce appliance settings and lighting levels.

The energy efficiency experts on the AGL Market Solutions team are always ready to help. Give us a call on 1300 245 732.

Lighting

If you have good natural light, use that as much as possible and only turn on lights where and when they’re needed.

Upgrading

The quality and affordability of energy efficient globes have improved enormously in recent years. Of course, one type of globe does not fit all areas. It’s important to choose lighting that matches the job at hand. So lighting for intricate repair work shouldn’t be used in a storeroom, for example. The Australian Standard AS/NZS 1680.2.2. Table 3.1 sets out minimum lighting levels by task.

Sensors

Sensors need to be selected together with new globes and fittings. So if you’re planning a lighting refit or installing lighting from scratch in a new premises, put them on the list. The additional cost will be offset by significant energy savings from only using lighting when it's needed.

Parking and outdoor lighting

This type of lighting typically uses a lot of energy, so it’s worth looking into energy-efficient globes, and new fittings and sensors for these areas.

De-lamping

Review the lighting throughout your premises and remove any globes and fittings in areas that generate more light than necessary.

The lighting experts at AGL Market Solutions are always ready to help on 1300 245 732.

Hot water

Heating water is a big energy drain. Make sure your system is right for your business needs. If it’s too large, you’re wasting money heating more water than you need. If it's too small, well, that’s just not good business.

Maintenance is also important. If your system’s not in good working order, it uses more energy. This includes taps. A single tap dripping at a rate of 90 drops a minute will waste around 1400 litres of water in a single month. If it's hot water, that’s energy and money literally going down the drain.

The AGL Market Solutions team can advise on the best system for your needs at 1300 245 732.

Commercial refrigeration

Buying the most efficient model you can reasonably afford will save on running costs over the appliance's lifetime.

Stock your fridge

Restock refrigerators, bottle cabinets and freezers at the end of each day. Fill any empty spaces with boxes of stock or bottles of water. This reduces the amount of cold air escaping and warm air entering every time the door’s opened, placing less workload on the compressor.

At point-of-sale, stocking popular lines at eye level will also help reduce the amount of time the door is open.

Maintain the correct temperature

Ensure the temperature is set correctly for each product and check this regularly with a thermometer.

Replace worn seals

Keep an eye on fridge seals and replace any that show signs of wear. A poorly-sealed fridge uses much more energy than a well-sealed one.

Ventilate properly

Protect the fridge motor from direct heat or sunlight and ensure there’s enough ventilation to allow heat to escape.

The AGL Market Solutions team can offer any help or advice you need on 1300 245 732.

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.

Recommended temperatures

To help reduce energy costs, set the temperature to 24-25°C in summer and no more than 18-20°C in winter. A single degree cooler or warmer can make a significant difference to your energy costs. If maintaining these temperatures isn’t making a difference, have your thermostat checked.

Insulation

Insulation reduces energy bills by helping your heating and cooling systems work more effectively. Insulating ceilings (walls and floors are also an option), weather stripping doors and windows, and having properly-fitted window coverings all help keep warm air inside in winter and outside in summer.

To find out more, talk to one of the AGL Market Solutions team on 1300 245 732.