15 Sep 2015 11:55 AM
Whether you want to do your bit for the environment, or just save money on your energy bills, there are many things you can do right now to improve the energy efficiency of your practice.
Try these seven energy saving tips to reduce your energy consumption:
1. Assess your footprint
Use the NABERS rating calculator to conduct a free online assessment of the current environmental impact of your practice and identify areas you can target for energy savings.
2. Use timers and sensors
Install hot water timers to ensure your practice is not wasting energy heating water out of hours, and use lighting sensors to make sure lights are turned off when there is no activity in the area. And be sure to use energy-saving light globes.
3. Adjust your equipment
Turning your fridge and freezer down by even a couple of degrees can score you big energy savings, and run your dishwasher on its eco setting only when it’s full. Likewise, switching your computers into sleep mode uses up to 80 per cent less energy, and switch off appliances at the powerpoint to avoid energy drains in stand-by mode.
4. Look after your air con
Schedule regular maintenance for your heating and cooling systems to ensure they are running at maximum efficiency – and turn it off overnight to see big reductions in your energy bills.
5. Assess your insulation
Make sure you have the right insulation in place and ensure your ceiling is insulated to reduce the load on energy-hungry heating and cooling systems. Also consider using solar reflective exterior paint to help regulate the internal temperate of your building.
6. Install sky lights
Installing sky lights will help you make the most of natural light to reduce the need for internal lighting. Tubular skylightsare simple to install and will increase the light quality in even the darkest rooms.
7. Go solar
Installing solar power is still the most effective way to make significant reductions – or completely eliminate – your power bills. Some businesses may qualify for tax offsets, low interest loans or Power Purchase Agreements to assist with the cost of installing solar power systems.
The expert tradespeople at Cassin & Sons can help you improve the energy efficiency of your practice. Call us now on 1300 122 774 to find out how.