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Save on power: new online tool for business

Could your energy use be eating into profits? Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority's (EECA) new Energy Management Journey Tool tells you where you use most power and how to use less. Get customised results, step by step actions and cut your power bill.

The Energy Management Journey Tool shows you how to immediately save power. It rates your energy use compared to similar businesses, shows you what you could change to use less, and which changes will make the biggest difference to your bill.

You’ll get information on:

  • how much you’d save
  • what’s involved
  • where to go for help
  • what others businesses are doing to reduce energy waste.

EECA energy saving tool (external link) — EECA

Why it’s important

If you’re like most businesses, you could be using up to 20 per cent more energy than you need. Collectively businesses waste $1.6 billion a year on power. That’s a whole lot of profit.

Using this tool saves you money. But it also reduces your carbon footprint — a great draw for environmentally conscious customers and employees.

Sustainable Business Network CEO Rachel Brown says the tool is a win for business: “Getting energy and carbon down makes business more competitive, appeals to staff and clients and reduces costs.”

Energy management journey tool

Getting staff involved in saving energy makes a big difference.

Getting staff involved in saving energy makes a big difference.

Make immediate tweaks and you’ll start saving straight away.

Ideas to cut down your power use:

  • make one person responsible for managing power saving
  • regularly maintain equipment, eg clean out filters in heating or cooling units
  • switch off TVs and monitor screens when you’re not using them, or install timers to switch them off automatically
  • insulate ceilings and floors in areas you heat and cool
  • wrap your hot water boiler and piping with pipe lagging
  • open windows and blinds to make the best use of natural light
  • install movement-sensitive sensors and timers so lights only come on when you need them
  • change to LED light bulbs
  • turn off computers and other equipment when you’re not using them
  • check oven and fridge seals to make sure energy isn’t escaping.

If you spend a lot of time on the road, you might be spending more on fuel than on electricity.

Here are two ideas to reduce fuel use:

  • maintain a constant speed if you can, braking and accelerating use a lot of extra fuel
  • reduce your speed by 8km per hour, and reduce your fuel usage by 10 to 15 per cent.

Use the Energy Management Journey Tool for more power-saving ideas for your business. It has energy saving tips for the agricultural, commercial, industrial and transport sector.

Small office fact sheet (external link) — EECA

Small industrial site fact sheet (external link) — EECA

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