Why save Energy?
Saving energy has become one of the vital aspects of life in the twenty first century. With soaring energy costs and the threat of finite resources, individuals and businesses need to keep their finger on the pulse of energy usage.
Wise use of energy is one of the cornerstones of sustainability.
One of the elementary principles of sustainability is that well-being, and ultimately human survival, depends directly or indirectly, on the natural environment. When humans act in a sustainable manner the situation is created whereby humanity interacts with nature in such a way that resources are maintained but productivity and growth continue. The social and economic needs of both present and future generations are fulfilled.
Sustainability in all areas of life is essential but many people overlook sustainability in the workplace – it is necessary – but what does it mean?
Sustainability can deliver business advantages as well as environmental and community benefits. Applying sustainability to support your business goals requires time and effort. Analysis of business operations and the measurement of performance will lead to an understanding of strategies for sustainability and plans to implement these effectively.
The real secret is establishing a culture of sustainability in your workplace.
In order to ensure efficient running of your systems and equipment, regular maintenance is necessary. High level maintenance of transport and production equipment can mean maximum output for minimum energy use. It will also usually result in a reduction in downtime. The risk of environmental incidents will be reduced and and a safer workplace with less personal injury will be achieved.
There are any number of ways to improve the energy efficiency of your business. Significant savings may be made by focusing on equipment, lighting and heating, and by switching these off when not in use, or at certain other times. Your sustainability plan and your budget will help determine if you manage these changes through procedures and behavioural change, or whether you install automated systems such as movement triggered light switches.
Ambion made a significant difference to its workplace by removing office walls to make sure that more natural light and fresh air was available for employees.
One suggested starting strategy for implementing improvement in energy efficiency is to focus on a section, team or piece of equipment. Aim to either maintain or improve productivity while at the same time optimising energy consumption. Not only will this result in immediate and direct savings, but it will mean you have a blueprint for other optimisation projects.
How do you manage your performance in operations sustainability? First set targets and determine your achievement of the goals you set for your business. Ensure your employees are part of the process – you will be amazed at what skills and abilities they can contribute. All your employees can ensure resources are used efficiently in day to day operations. Employees will generally have good ideas about how to minimise reject products and wastage and what to recycle or reuse or how to further reduce energy, fuel and water use. You can also ensure change and commitment with training programmes for your employees and add an extra level by highlighting efficiencies for their homes as well as the office.
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Sustainable home ideas
With energy bills getting steeper every month and global warming occupying the news constantly, now is the time to minimise your energy consumption at home. Every little bit counts and with these handy ideas, anyone can start doing there bit.
Washing lines used to be a given in every Australian backyard. However as appliances have become cheaper to buy, the prevalence of dryers is very high in laundries around the country. Now’s the time to lose the dryer! We live in one of the driest, warmest continent’s on earth so there’s not really any excuse and with the range of minimalist, discreet washing lines that can be hidden when unused, you can retain that minimalist aesthetic in your garden.
Composting your cooking scraps can also reduce your footprint and is super easy to do. Simply buy a composting bin from any hardware shop and place it somewhere it won’t get in the way. Add your vege peelings and organic matter to the bin, but avoid meat or dairy as this can rot and attract vermin.
A more involved but extremely beneficial tip is to use double glazed glass in all doors and windows. This will help to keep the internal room temperature constant throughout the year by limiting heat loss or heat gain. Brio makes a good variety of sliding doors and bifold doors and windows that can be fitted with quality double glazed glass. They have the knowledge and experience to let your energy saving dreams come true and keep your home cozy or cool with their elegant door hardware.
Planting a vege patch will not only save you dollars at the grocery store, but lets you get outside and get your hands dirty while giving you fresh organic food all year round. Make a mental note next time you are at the grocers of what herbs or vegetables you tend to buy regularly and then plant these at home. Just check to see if they will prosper in the climate and location that you live. Most common herbs such as rosemary, thyme and parsley are very tough and will grow in most conditions provided they get enough sun.
To water your new vege garden, consider installing a rainwater tank. These not only save you money on water bills, but let you use as much water as you need for your garden during water restriction periods. Tanks come in all shapes and sizes from thin and tall to low and wide and pretty much everything in between so you are bound to find one that will fit into your location.
LED lights to save and shine
LED also known as light emitting diodes, are the go to lighting solution for the 21st century without a doubt. They use much less electricity than incandescent globes and last hundreds of times longer without containing any mercury.
Switching to LED lighting will cost you a bit more in the short term, however, the long term savings far outweigh the initial outlay. If you really want to be eco friendly, consider integrating dimmers or sensors that automatically adjust lighting levels depending on movement in the room.
In the kitchen LEDs really come into their own as task lighting over island benches as LEDs emit very directional light. They also emit very little heat which if you live in Australia can be a huge bonus as you want your kitchen to be as cool as possible. Use them in down lights also or ceiling fans to give great light and a fraction of the cost.
If you want to really give your rooms a wow factor, look at installing LEDs under cabinets or along the tops of walls. Used in banks, this type of lighting gives a soft yet streamlined look to modern interiors. It can also be used to great effect to show off key architectural elements or art works.