Switch-off campaigns are a simple, low-cost approach to reducing energy consumption across a business. CitySwitch has developed this toolkit to provide a simple set of steps to an effective campaign to get everyone to switch off equipment and appliances in the office when not in use. They key steps are:
Measure: taking a methodical approach to find out how much energy any piece of equipment left on at night and weekends consumes, and how much greenhouse gas that will produce.
Identify Actions: The audit allows you to identify precisely what savings could be achieved by the behaviour you are targeting, e.g. ‘switch off lights whenever not in use’, ‘switch off monitor at night’, or ‘turn off printer at the wall’.
Communicate: The workplace can have a range of channels for communicating what to do, the tone f the messages, workplace culture, and what the impact of ‘switching off’ can be.
Feedback and Reward: Feedback refers to simply providing the data on what difference ‘switch off’ actions have made. Rewards can be simple – like chocolates – to more elaborate vouchers and experiences when staff are working in teams or against time-based targets.
A set of toolkits has been developed by CitySwitch, providing detailed step-by-step instructions, case studies, tips and techniques.
Download the toolkit
Running a Workplace 'Switch-off' Campaign
This Activity received funding from the Department of Industry as part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.