When investing in new office or workplace equipment and appliances, use the Energy Star® ratings (stars) to guide you to the most efficient products.
The Energy Star® program of energy efficiency ratings was developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and adopted by the Australian Government as our standard rating system in 2006. The EPA estimates that the Energy Star program saved the US about $14 billion in energy costs in 2006 alone.
Currently the Australian government uses the Energy Star® program for office equipment and consumer electronics, including computers, printers, fax machines, photocopiers, televisions and dvd players may carry this endorsement label in Australia. These products will carry the Energy Star® rating label.
How to do it now!
The cost of energy is rising and the effect of climate change is increasing. Office and workplace appliances (including computers, photocopiers, printers and fax machines) constitute a large portion of many SME’s energy bills.
Organise your workplace to use your appliances more efficiently. There are ways to re-organise your workspace to minimize the amount of appliances and equipment you require to run your business. Some ideas:
Consolidate all printing to a single printer stationed conveniently to all.
Replace desktop computers with more energy efficient laptops. Laptops are inherently designed to run more efficiently than desktops due to having to run on battery power when unplugged from power supplies.
Avoid large screen monitors where possible. Larger screen consume more power.
The science is telling us that we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change. One way of doing this is to aspire to the efficiencies found in nature. This action is intended to help people understand the lasting benefits of energy efficiency and to be informed when purchasing office and workplace appliances and equipment.