SEPTEMBER 2015

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UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPT 9

Workshops 
Fortitude Valley & Nambour
How to engage the team to adopt ecoBiz practices 

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SEPT 17

E-workshop 
Learn sustainability from the leaders

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SEPT 17

Workshop 
Gold Coast

Introduction to waste management 

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CASE STUDY

Serving the environment and the community

The Holland Park Magistrates Court, on Brisbane’s Southside, is one of many suburban and regional courthouses located across Queensland. Courthouse staff are committed to improving their environmental performance and the team’s ecoBiz champion, Tania Kromoloff, is coordinating many of the initiatives - including an Efficiency and Sustainability Action Plan for the court - following her recent completion of the TAFE course, Implementing Sustainable Work Practices. The overall action plan is supported by individual plans for energy, water, waste and office materials.

The courthouse team is reducing overall paper consumption by 25 per cent, recycling 95 per cent of office paper, recycling all batteries and 75 per cent of other waste, and minimising electricity. Annual savings include:

• $11,000 per year through electricity monitoring and turning off equipment when not needed, including turning air-conditioning off outside of business hours
• Up to $5,900 per year by turning off lights when not needed and printers overnight and on weekends
• $1,680 by eliminating standby power for computer
• Around $300 per year in reduced power costs by changing to a newer drinks vending machine.

Read the full case study here to learn how you can start your savings with sustainable practices.

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INNOVATION NEWS

How to save when your electricity bill is changing?

As of 1 July 2015, businesses consuming power greater than 100MWh/year will have a demand charge associated with this account. Charges are based on the peak in any 30-minute period and then charged on the rent for the infrastructure needed to deliver that power peak for the month. As of 2017 these demand charges will be introduced to all businesses.

How can you reduce peak demand and reduce costs in your business?

1. Make sure everything is not automatically turning on, or booting up at the same time during the day.
Often, when employees start in the morning they turn everything on all at once! This creates an unnecessary demand peak that can be reduced through a more organised scheduling of start-up. If the power goes off, everything that was running will restart at the same time. While this isn't avoidable, it's important to understand that these peak demand costs can have a big impact on your bills.

2. Start to shift your load.
Simple steps including setting timers on appliances to start up at off-peak times can really make a difference to your peak demand costs.

3. Seek alternative energy options.
Where possible, don't use main energy at all. Try using alternatives or generating some of your own power as well. Take control of your energy usage. 

To find out more, call our experts on 1300 731 988 or email ecoBiz@cciq.com.au

 

ONLINE CONTENT

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Energy technologies to cut costs for small business 

Learn about the latest in Energy Monitoring and Management Systems to help you identify how you can save on your energy consumption and bills.

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How to engage the team to adopt ecoBiz practices

Learn some of the successful strategies that other ecoBiznesses have used to engage staff.
You will also learn about good staff engagement and discuss some examples about what really motivates staff to take action and increase efficiency.
This workshop will provide you with local and practical examples from Australian businesses that have worked with their staff to make great savings.

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TIP FROM THE EXPERTS

Reducing the energy used by computers

Starting your savings on the ecoBiz program is easy, and our experts have put together some frequently asked questions when it comes to saving energy used by computers in the workplace.

1. Will turning my computer and monitor on and off wear out my system?

No. In fact, powering your computer on and off daily is a good habit for proper PC maintenance. It reduces wear on the computer fan and enables updates that require the computer to shut down. Leaving your computer on also causes dust build-up, making it vulnerable to power surges.

2. Do screen-savers save energy?

No. Screen savers use monitors at full power and were only designed originally to prevent 'burn in'; they are not needed on newer monitors at all. Not only do screen savers draw power, but they also keep the computer’s central processing unit from shutting down. It is much better to set your computer to sleep mode where the monitor switches off when not in use.

3. Do I need to turn off my monitor?

Yes. In general, monitors consume more energy than computers. Switch them off when not in use.

4. Are power-saving settings automatically activated on my computer when I purchase it?

No. Power management settings allow the computer and monitor to enter low power states when idle. These settings can reduce usage on average from 60-90 watts down to 2-10 watts.

Quick Tips

If you don’t have time to turn off all your appliances consider using an energy saving powerboard that is connected to the master socket. When this one appliance is turned off the power board (generally with the main computer plugged in) senses this and automatically switches off power supplied to the other sockets on the board. When the primary appliance is turned on again, the power to the other controlled sockets is switched on. They usually have one socket that operates with 'always on' status if you need an appliance, such as the fax, that must have continuous power to operate. The board also provides a high level of surge protection. Alternatively, consider using a simple plug-in timer.

For more FAQs visit the Computer Energy Saving fact sheet and start making savings in your business.

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