Improving equipment performance

Once an equipment audit has been done, there are a number of steps for office tenancies to change the patterns of energy use or install low-cost energy savings devices. These are easy actions to take before investing in new equipment.

Office equipment

Simple actions can make a big difference, for example:
  • checking and activating the energy savings settings on computers, monitors printers and photocopiers
  • end of day equipment shut-off procedures
  • employees turning off computer bases and monitors
  • turning off printers and other shared equipment when not in use
  • encouraging employees to turn computers on standby if leaving their desk for lunch/meetings.

Kitchen equipment

Refrigerators, microwaves and vending machines may use a small proportion of your overall office energy, but by changing simple behaviours they can present quick and easy opportunities to save.

  • only run dishwashers when full  
  • locate fridges in cool areas away from the sun, with ample ventilation around the coils
  • only switch appliances on when necessary
  • use a simple plug-in timer switch costs for water coolers, drink vending machines and water boilers- it only costs around $20
  • turning kitchen equipment, such as kettles or microwaves, off overnight and over weekend.

Integration to standard procedure

Green IT programs can incorporate energy saving management principles into your Quality Management System (QMS), Environmental Management System (EMS), or employee policies. Poor management systems can contribute to a steady rise in office equipment energy usage; large offices may be interested in implementing power management systems which can have a great effect on energy efficiency. Building Management System reports will help monitor energy use and make adjustments as necessary.


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Financing your project

Undertaking energy efficient upgrades or installing renewable energy makes good business sense and helps offset rising electricity and gas prices. Choosing the right finance for projects can sometimes be challenging. This guide will help you understand the different financial options available as well as step-by-step guidance in selecting the best finance for your business.

Energy efficiency certification scheme

This certification scheme offered by the Energy Efficiency Council certifies professionals that can lead comprehensive energy retrofits of commercial buildings. Certification helps building owners and managers find professionals they can trust and provides a benchmark for energy efficiency professionals.

Claiming Energy Savings Certificates ('Eskis')'

NSW businesses can improve the rate of return on investment for projects by claiming Energy Savings Certificates (aka 'Eskis') which are redeemable for cash based using NABERS ratings as evidence of savings.

Data centre energy audit subsidies

The NSW Energy Saver program is offering eligible businesses a 50% subsidy for Data Centre Energy audits when combined with a NABERS Data Centre rating to help businesses identify opportunities for improvement and cost savings.

Energy Smart Finance

This equipment leasing program by Low Carbon Australian allows businesses to invest energy efficient technology to future-proof against rising energy costs while reducing carbon emissions. It is operated through accredited vendors.

Sustainable Melbourne Fund

A fund for improving Melbourne buildings established by Melbourne City Council. The Fund provides up to 100% loan finance for building retrofit projects or for innovative technologies that deliver wider environmental benefits.

Grants and Assistance Finder

Commonwealth and State/Territory government grant programs available to support the investigation and implementation of energy efficiency projects. Be sure to check eligibility requirements and funding guideslines, which can differ significantly across programs and jurisdictions.

NSW Energy Saver Program

The Energy Saver program, by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage provides a single point of energy efficiency support for NSW businesses, helping organisations reduce energy consumption and costs. There are subsidies available for action plans and implementation.

CitySwitch NABERS Energy Grant program

Join CitySwitch and get financial assistance to help combat rising energy bills by assessing and managing your office energy use. Funding is offer for a limited time to assist businesses most capital cities with documenting their energy baseline.

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