Reduce energy

Reduce energy

Reducing your energy use is a guaranteed way to boost the profitability, resilience and value of your business. 

Australian businesses are spending billions of dollars more than they should on energy. But there are easy and cost-effective ways that you can reduce your energy use and trim your energy bills by up to 30 per cent. 

The easiest ways to cut your office’s energy bills are:

See our case studies to learn how other companies are cutting their office energy use, saving money, boosting productivity and creating healthier workplaces.
 

Energy efficient lighting resources

Overview energy efficient lighting

Lighting upgrades are amongst the easiest projects to undertake and can offer very rapid returns on investment. In many instances, immediate savings can be gained by making minor adjustments - you may see even greater returns by engaging a lighting professional.

Choosing the most efficient lights

Choosing the most efficient lights

Selecting efficient lighting systems and fixtures is extremely important when seeking to reduce energy use. There are a number of tools and links to get the research right.

Financing energy efficient lighting

A range of financing schemes are available to assist with the capital costs, implementation, and installation of energy efficient lighting.

Undertaking a lighting audit

By undertaking a lighting audit, you can assess usage, fixture quantity and quality and illumination and wattage levels. CitySwitch toolkits can help non-technical staff start the audit process in-house.

Daylighting, de-lamping and optimisation

A number of strategies to improve lighting efficiency can be implemented alongside a technology upgrade.

LED Lighting article

It could be as easy as LED.

Improvements in technology over the last couple of years make complete LED fitouts a cost-effective solution. This article provides useful information and resources for LED lighting upgrades.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning resources

HVAC overview

Understanding how heating and cooling contributes to electricity consumption helps tenants and building operators collaborate for efficiency.

How tenants can influence heating and cooling

Tenants can support and improve their building manager's heating and cooling performance in a number of ways

Indoor comfort and temperature set-points

Indoor comfort and temperature set-points

Adjusting the temperature set-point of the building to better match the weather can make significant energy savings and keep people comfortable

Distributed energy in the property - today's opportunities

Distributed energy in the property - today's opportunities

This guide, Distributed energy in the property sector – today’s opportunities, was developed by the Property Council and Clean Energy Finance Corporation to give building owners and managers insights into benefits and payback periods of clean energy technologies.

Energy efficient equipment resources

Energy efficient equipment overview

Equipment efficiency can be improved by upgrading to new models, automation and behaviour change.

Selecting efficient equipment

Rating schemes and internet technology can help with purchasing decisions for lower energy solutions.

Financing an equipment upgrade

A variety of finance schemes are available for equipment, including innovative loans and leases.

Improving equipment performance

There are a number of 'do it yourself' activities for saving energy from office equipment that can be undertaken before investing in upgrades.

Undertaking an equipment audit

Energy equipment audits identify areas for attention and action for savings. The scope can range from a simple walk-around checking what is left on after hours to an extensive review by an energy efficiency professional.
Green ICT Challenge

Green ICT Challenge

Get your game on and play our brand new CitySwitch green ICT challenge.

Whether you work in IT or don't even know the difference between a laptop and a tablet, have fun while testing your knowledge and find out how you can take action to improve the performance of your office ICT and reduce operational costs. 

Resources

NABERS Essentials - online course

The NABERS Essentials e-Learning course provides an overview of the program and is for anyone who wants to know more about NABERS. It is delivered through online modules that explain how NABERS works, how it is used, what it means and the benefits of rating a building or tenancy.

The course is essential for anyone involved in commercial property, such as owners, managers, tenants, real estate agents, lawyers, valuers, and consultants, as well as professionals in sustainability and energy management. It is also becoming increasingly relevant for professionals working in the finance industry.

What it covers

  • NABERS uses, principles and objectives
  • the benefits of a performance rating
  • an explanation of the star ratings
  • current and future rating types and program development
  • minimum NABERS Energy targets for government and industry mandatory requirements
  • how to undertake self assessments and accredited NABERS ratings
  • the NABERS auditing process.

NABERS Essentials is a prerequisite for the NABERS Accredited Assessor Course (valid for 2 years from the date of completion).

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CitySwitch Signatory of the Year and New Signatory Awards - category judging criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 28 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 10 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 10 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points).
Note, new Signatories submitting for New Signatory of the Year Award need only complete an indicative rating – all other submissions must be accredited.

CitySwitch Partnership of the Year Award - category judging criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Submitted projects should:

  • Involve more than one registered company 
  • Demonstrate that they are  innovative and over and above “business as usual”
  • Demonstrate that they catalyse “market transformation” and or “address a market barrier”
  • Deliver a reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions within the built environment 

Judging Criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 14 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 17 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 17 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points)
  • The submitting entity MUST be a CitySwitch Signatory
Note, Signatories submitting for the Partnership of the Year Award may submit an accredited NABERS tenancy, whole building or base building rating.

It’s easy and free to join the program. Your good-will commitment to the program is an acknowledgement of the business sector’s role in
contributing to environmental sustainability and your intention to reduce your own energy consumption and associated carbon emissions.

As part of this, Signatories to the program commit to achieve an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating (between 4 and 6 stars) and
work with CitySwitch to improve their tenancy’s environmental performance.

Find out more about how obtaining a NABERS Energy rating ensures you can benchmark your performance, better manage your progress
over time and promote your star rating achievement.