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Joint Statement on LIFTING AUSTRALIA’S ENERGY PRODUCTIVITY

We, the undersigned, agree that there is an urgent need to rapidly and substantially increase Australia’s energy productivity. We must create more economic value for each unit of energy used to improve Australia’s overall economic productivity.

 

Businesses are increasingly becoming aware that energy efficiency will not only reduce their green house gas emissions, but also save them money. The scale of energy efficiency in the workplace can range from changing computer settings to switch to energy saving mode when not in use, through to whole building intelligent lighting systems that turn on / off depending on whether an office is occupied.

Here are some tips on improving energy efficiency in the workplace:

  • use energy efficient appliances and ensure they are well maintained
  • educate staff to switch off appliances and lights when not in use
  • ensure the heating and cooling system is set to the manufacturers recommendations
  • use energy efficient lighting, reduce levels where appropriate and make use of natural light where possible
  • install variable speed drives where possible
  • reclaim wasted heat from large refrigeration systems to heat water for offices, toilets and change rooms

For more information on how to increase energy efficiency in your workplace visit:

 

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The Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) works closely with partner organisations here and abroad. In mid-2015 the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity was launched. Jonathan Jutsen, Deputy Chairman of A2EP and Chairman of 2xEP is on the Board.

“The ultimate goal of the Alliance is to double the energy productivity of businesses, cities and countries by 2030. Using energy as productively as possible benefits a wide range of sectors by improving economic performance and growth, facilitating energy access around the world, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, driving technological innovation and increasing the reliability and security of energy infrastructure.

Recognising that specific policy challenges vary from region to region, the Alliance provides an international, energy productivity-focused framework for the development of policies and programs that promote greater economic prosperity and a more secure future across all regions. The Alliance network connects policymakers and business leaders to share proven policy solutions.

 

Increasing your energy efficiency at home can be as easy as switching to compact fluorescent or LED lights and choosing energy efficient appliances. Here are just some of the ways you can start improving energy efficiency at home.

Appliances

Buy energy efficient appliances, such as air-conditioners, dishwashers, fridges, freezers, washing machines and clothes dryers. Choose products with an energy rating label - the more stars the more energy efficient the product will be.

Heating and Cooling

Choose heating and cooling systems based on their energy efficiency rating. Seal draughts around windows and doors with weather strips and close the doors to rooms you don’t need to heat or cool. Use blinds and curtains to help keep your home warm or cool and consider insulating your ceiling, roof, floors and walls if possible

Cooking

Using more energy efficient cooking appliances and changing the way you cook can increase your home’s energy efficiency. If possible, use an electric fry pan, pressure cooker or microwave oven as an alternative to traditional electric ovens, which typically use more energy.

Home Energy Audits

Conduct a home energy audit either yourself or through an accredited home energy assessor. Many electricity retailers offer online or in home energy audits, or you can rate your home’s energy useage with the NABERS online rating tool.

For more information on how to increase the energy efficiency in your home visit:

Australian Conservation Foundation - Save Energy

CSIRO – Save Energy Handbook

Australian Government - Living Greener

South Australian Government - Be Energy Smart

Victorian Government – You Have the Power 

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