desktop computer, used eight hours a day, generates over 600 kilograms
of harmful greenhouse gases each year. Ensure your computer, photocopier,
printer and fax machine have the Energy Star® power management
By enabling Energy Star®, the computer
goes into a "sleep" mode when not in use, reducing emissions
by over 75% and saving around $36.00 per computer each year. Also,
Energy Star® products generally last longer. For details visit
the Energy Star® website.
Portable computers use less energy than
desktop models and generally ink jet printers use far less energy
per page than laser models.
Install energy-efficient lighting. Reduce
greenhouse gases by 30 - 80% by fitting lower wattage globes, especially
in down lights and spotlights.
Install timer controls or daylight or movement
sensors, which switch off lights automatically. Daylight sensors
should work simultaneously with a dimming system so that enough
light is available.
Modern dimmer controls reduce greenhouse
gas emissions as they reduce light output. They also extend lamp
Use desk lamps or standard lamps where most
light is needed, so less lighting is required for the entire room.
Install ceiling sweep fans, or use portable
fans. Fans improve comfort levels, even in air-conditioned rooms,
and generate less than a kilogram of greenhouse gas every 10 hours.
Paint rooms light colours. Dark coloured
walls absorb light, increasing the amount of lighting needed.
Don't over cool: 1°C difference in temperature
between indoors and outdoors adds 10% to your bill and increases
greenhouse gas emissions by the same amount.
Fluorescent lights, including compact fluoros
(which are available from leading hardware stores and supermarkets)
generate only 1/5 as much greenhouse gas as ordinary globes but
produce the same amount of light.
A dishwasher may help to keep the kitchen
clean, but it generates hundreds of kilograms of greenhouse gas
each year. When buying a dishwasher - look for the energy rating
and choose an energy efficient model.
Steer away from light fittings with coloured
glass. They often cut light output by half, creating a need for
higher wattage light bulbs.
Only cool what you need to. The smaller
the area cooled, the less greenhouse gas generated and the lower
Use less hot water. Every 15 litres of hot
water used from an electric water heater generates about a kilogram
of greenhouse gas. Turn the hot water system off if not needed for
extended periods of time.
Fix dripping hot taps and save up to 100
kilograms of harmful greenhouse gas emissions each year per tap.
If the hot water thermostat is adjustable,
turn it down to 55°C - this can save up to 250 kilograms of
CO2 each year.
Reduce your greenhouse gas impact by purchasing
some or all of your businesses energy from an accredited Green Power
retail program. For information, visit DEUS' website at http://www.greenpower.com.au/business.shtml
or order our free Green Power Business Guide on CD by e-mailing
email@example.com or calling 136 206.