If you’re running a business, you’ll have noticed that energy costs just keep rising. The factors behind this are complex, but meanwhile your business is under pressure to bring those costs down.
Here are a few tips to help you take action right now and safeguard your bottom line.
1. Audit your energy use
An energy assessment will highlight how you’re tracking on your company’s energy usage. Compile your energy bills for the last year. Find out where you’re using most of the energy in your business and address any inefficiencies. You might install an energy meter which tracks your usage more accurately. If your business is complex or you don’t have the time or expertise, hire an energy assessor. The government’s Energy.com.au website is a good place to start if you’re reviewing your approach to saving energy costs. You’ll also find a guide to rebates that may further support your organisation’s efforts.
2. Increase your building’s energy efficiency
Now it’s time to take action. Areas to address include:
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC): installing energy-efficient appliances can really pay-off in reduced energy bills. Install thermal barriers (such as Carona’s traffic doors or auto-slider doors) that seal rooms and keep temperatures steady. This can also increase the efficiency of your other appliances.
- Lighting – inefficient lighting can contribute up to 40% of energy used in commercial buildings. LED lights use less energy and generate less heat than old-style incandescent bulbs. Included in products such as Carona’s Alpha Glass Display Doors, they light up your stock without draining energy.
- Appliances and equipment – Well-sealed coolrooms and refrigeration units maintain optimum temperatures and use energy efficiently. Simply switching-off equipment when not in use can also help. There are clearly many opportunities to save energy in your business.
- Building Management Systems – Building Management Systems make best use of key building infrastructure such as HVAC equipment. They integrate detailed energy monitoring, external data such as weather bureau feeds, and powerful analytical tools, in a single platform. The result is a building that’s energy-efficient, comfortable for its occupants and easier to maintain.
How we help you save
We do more than sell products that save on energy costs. We help you choose products that strike the right balance between energy efficiency and productivity. For over 30 years, we’ve worked with hundreds of organisations across NSW, from healthcare to retail, mining to heavy industry. Our range of energy-efficient, low-maintenance products delivers outstanding value. And our responsive service team provide support when you need it. Contact us to discuss your plans to start saving on energy costs.