A lot of our clients have limited resources. By modeling how to save energy and supporting our clients to make changes, we can have a positive impact for people living below the poverty line.
I’m always the last one to leave so I make sure the curtains are closed, lights are off and the urn and microwave are switched off at the wall.
We’ve saved between $700 and $1300 a year by removing 24 fluorescent bulbs in areas where strong light wasn’t needed. We were able to remove bulbs in corridors, meeting rooms and the kitchen. We were also able to remove some around the perimeter of the office because many desks were over-lit. We used a ‘lux-meter’ to figure out where we could reduce lighting levels so that they were more in line with the Australian Standard. Andrea, ACOSS.
We encourage the use of a kettle for tea and coffee in lieu of an urn continually heating. Garry, SA
Screen savers don’t save anything – in fact they use just as much power as a computer that’s in use. For immediate savings, change the efficiency settings on any unattended computers to stop them running wild patterns or bright colours on the screen.
Changing simple, everyday behaviours can reduce your organisation’s energy consumption by up to 10%. Try tailor making a sign for your team with creative and playful reminders to switch off, use less and save lots.
Support local knitting co-ops and op-shops – the community sector is a rich reservoir of retro knits and snuggly rugs to help stay cosy through winter. Read how one community organisation works to give winter woolies a new life.
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Over their lifetime, microwaves use more energy on standby power than they do cooking food. Save power by switching them off at the wall.