Tips For Business Owners

Tips For Business Owners

Tips For Business Owners

As a business owner the last thing you want is for your electricity bill to start skyrocketing when it’s already expensive enough! With the benefit of years of combined experience in the electrical industry, the team at Live Electrical and Air Conditioning, have pulled together a list of tips and tricks that will help you reduce your energy use, saving money and the environment.

 

We pride ourselves on our innovative ideas and solutions and ensure the up-to-date technology and products we recommend are eco-friendly and cost effective. So, if you’re looking for new equipment or if it’s time for a service, make sure you call us first for a quote on 07 5322 5355 or email admin@liveea.com.au and we’ll get back to you promptly. Don’t forget that we cover all areas from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast.

 

Enjoy our list of tips, and let us know if there’s anything you think we’ve missed!

 

Office equipment

 

Good investments

  • When purchasing pcs, monitors, printers, fax machines, and copiers, consider ENERGY STAR ©models that power down after a user-specified period of inactivity.
  • If appropriate, use laptop computers – they consume 90% less energy than standard desktop computers.
  • If appropriate, use inkjet printers – they consume 90% less energy than laser printers. Purchase appropriately-sized copiers for your company’s needs.

 

Lighting

 

Low cost improvements

  • Retrofit incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (cfls) as they use less electricity for the same lighting output.
  • Remove excess fluorescent lights and install reflectors.
  • Retrofit incandescent or fluorescent exit signs with long-lasting, low-energy LED exit signs.
  • Remember that dark walls mean that you require more power to produce the same amount of light.
  • Buy fixtures that have a dimmer which allow you to manually adjust the intensity of the light in a room.

 

Good investments

  • Install motion detectors to control lighting in frequently unoccupied areas such as restrooms and copy rooms.
  • Rewire restroom fans to operate with the lights.
  • Install energy management system (EMS) technology to control lighting systems automatically.

 

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning

 

Low cost improvements

  • Install time clocks or setback-programmable thermostats to maximise efficiency.
  • Install locking covers on your thermostats to prevent tampering with the temperature settings.
  • Perform regular maintenance on units including checking ducts and pipe insulation for damage.
  • Clean condenser coils and replace filters regularly.

 

Good investments

  • Replace old heating, ventilation or airconditioning systems with new, energy-efficient systems.
  • Install blinds or solar screen shades to cool the office.
  • Install reflective window film or awnings on all south west facing windows.
  • Install ceiling and wall insulation.
  • Insulate water heaters and supply pipes.
  • Pressurise and test all ducts for leakage.
  • Consider installing adjustable speed drives. Your airconditioning system has fans that move air throughout the building. You can reduce the cost of operating these fans by installing adjustable speed drives which can change the speed of the fan motors to match the amount of air that is needed.

 

Refrigeration

 

Low cost improvements

  • Perform scheduled maintenance on units.
  • Keep evaporator coils clean and free of ice build-up.
  • Adjust door latches and replace worn door seals.
  • Observe noise made by the system.  Any unusual sounds could indicate a problem. Determine the cause and correct the problem.

 

Good investments

  • Install automatic door-closers and strip curtains on walk-in freezers or coolers.

 

Food service equipment

 

Low cost improvements

  • Make sure oven doors fit tightly and seals are in good condition.

 

Good investments

  • Buy insulated cooking equipment wherever possible (such as fryers, ovens, coffee machines). Insulation maintains more heat in the equipment and transmits less to the environment.
  • Where possible, replace broilers with grooved or smooth griddles to significantly reduce energy consumption.

 

Compressed air

 

Good investments

  • Install air storage strategically to minimise system horsepower requirements and improve air delivery.
  • Install variable speed drives on compressors.
  • Make sure multiple compressors are sequenced using automatic sequencing controls. Shut-off timers should be used on all air compressors and installing microprocessor controls on compressor systems can yield savings.

 

Process cooling & refrigeration systems

 

Good investments

  • Install high-efficiency evaporator and condenser fan motors.
  • Install variable speed drives in place of constant speed drives. This can reduce cooling system energy use.
  • Install additional condensing capacity to reduce discharge pressure.
  • Insulate cooler/freezer area.

 

Process heating

 

Good investments

  • Optimise heat transfer by selecting burners and design furnaces that allow use of high convection or radiation.
  • Use adequate and optimum insulation for process heating equipment.
  • Conduct regular repairs and maintenance of insulation.

 

Steam equipment

 

Good investments

  • Install a condensation return loop. Condensation return to the boiler is essential for energy efficiency.
  • Install heat exchangers.

 

Install a solar power system

You could choose to invest in a solar power system at your business to help save on your electricity bills, improve your green credentials and help the environment. That really makes good energy sense.

Home Owners Tips

Home Owners Tips

Home Owners Tips

Looking after the environment is very important to the team at Live Electrical and Air Conditioning. That’s why we always recommend eco-friendly appliances and products. These innovative products and clever solutions, alongside our list of tips below for reducing your electricity use, will help you save money AND be more energy efficient. It’s a win/win! So, if you’re looking for new equipment or if it’s time for a service, make sure you call us first for a quote on 07 5322 5355 or email admin@liveea.com.au and we’ll get back to you promptly.

 

Do you have any tricks for saving electricity that you use in your home? Comment below with your ideas.

 

  • Switching your mobile chargers off at the wall can save you up to $50 a year
  • Be Aircon Smart– set your air conditioner at 25°C in summer and 18°C in winter as these are the most comfortable and energy-efficient temperature settings
  • In comparison of an air con running for 4 hours a day and on for 100 days of the year at 20 degrees costs aprox $70 dollars a year. Running the same amount of time on 25 degrees = $45
  • Turning your electric toothbrush and shaver off at the wall can save you up to $50 a year2
  • Reducing your shower time from 8 to 4 mins can cut hot water costs by 50%
  • Turning off your second fridge can save you between $100 and $200 a year
  • Using a clothesline rather than a dryer can save you around $150 a year
  • Installing or using economy tariff options for your hot water system and other appliances. Standard Pool on tariff 11 filter running at 8 hours a day will cost you appox $870 a year change to  tariff 31 will cost approx $350 a year saving you $520 a year
  • Buying a computer? Laptops use up to $50 a year less electricity than desktops6
  • Water saving shower heads can save you up to $200 on your hot water
  • Set your dishwasher to an economy cycle and save up to $50 a year
  • Changing 10 60W incandescent globes to fluorescent 11w globes = $200 a year 5 globes at 1 hour a day = $20 a year running at 5 hours a day

 

Calculations based on;

Three chargers on 24 hours a day with a standby wattage of 1.8w.
Showering for half the time.
Energy consumption of a 300 litre fridge.
Four loads drying for 1 ½ hours each week in a 5kg dryer (2400w).
The difference between a standard laptop (168w) and a standard desktop computer (420w), in use for 3 hours per day.
A household of four people taking one 4 minute shower per person per day, with the hot water connected to Tariff 33.
14 place dishwashers with a 3.5 to 4 star star rating based on 1 load per day.

 

Appliances:
  • Choose appliances by looking at their energy rating. The more stars in the rating, the more you will save on your energy bills.
  • Make sure the appliance is installed properly
  • Make sure the refrigerator has the correct temperature set on the thermostat and that it is positioned in a cool spot in the home where air can circulate around.
  • Try to use the clothesline as often as possible, rather than the clothes dryer.
  • Turn off appliances at the power point when not in use.

 

Hot Water Use:        
  • Investigate alternatives to conventional hot water systems. ecologicalhomes.com.au/heat_exchange_systems.htm
  • Choose a hot water system with a high energy star rating
  • Check that your hot water system and hot water pipes are well insulated.
  • Limit showers to less than 5 minutes.
  • Install efficient shower head or water restriction valves.
  • Wash clothes using a cold water cycle.

 

 Lighting:
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room
  • Install compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) in areas that are used for long periods of time.
  • Use fluorescent lamps rather than incandescent lamps where possible. Fluorescents use about 70% less electricity than incandescent lamps of similar output and are very efficient for areas where lighting is required for long periods of time. Fluorescent lamps are between two and ten times the price of an incandescent light bulb, but have ten times the life.
  • Don’t leave outdoor lights on all night or during the day. Install timing devices, light sensors or movement detectors for outside use.
  • Make use of natural light by positioning desks, tables & seating near windows.
  • Use the lowest wattage light needed to adequately light up an area.
  • Choose light fittings that allow most of the light through so a lower wattage bulb can be used. Some light fittings can block 50% or more of the light.
  • Clean light fittings regularly to allow more light to pass through.
  • Use incandescent lights for general or special purpose lighting only in rooms used infrequently and for short periods, such as laundries and toilets.
  • Downlights provide bright pools of light rather than general illumination. Up to six downlights may be required to light the same area as one pendant light. They can also cause gaps in the ceiling insulation, particularly if they require clear space to allow heat to dissipate.
  • Think about other ways of lighting with fluorescents before installing halogens. If you select halogen lamps, you can still save energy by fitting lower wattage and more efficient bulbs.
  • Light coloured paint and furnishings reflect light, reducing the need for high levels of artificial lighting.

 

Running costs

The cost of running a light is directly related to the wattage of the globe. The higher the wattage, the higher the running cost. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are cheapest, when the life cycle cost is considered. The cost of your lighting will also depend on the type of lighting you select and the length of time you leave your lights on.

The table below shows the lifecycle costs for lighting systems using different globes to produce the same amount of light. Lifecycle costs include purchase, running and replacement costs.

 

Home Owners Tips Table

 

Running Cost ($) = Light Wattage (W) / 1000 * Running hours (Hours) * Electricity tariff (cents/KWh)* Based on 15 cents per unit of electricity,
** Includes magnetic transformer losses.

Source: http://www.sustainable-energy.vic.gov.au/seinfo/your-home/lighting/running_costs.asp

 
Heating & Cooling:
  • Insulate the floor, walls and ceiling of your home.
  • Seal out draughts.
  • Use close fitting blinds.
  • Choose and install an energy efficient heater or cooler.
  • Wear more clothes in the cold instead of turning up the heater.

Switch off heaters and coolers when you are not home.