Last week I caught up with Raj Maniher of Baw Baw shire council in their Smith Street Community Development office that council is renting in Warragul. Raj has implemented a number of measures to cut energy use in the office, and has achieved a 30% electricity saving.
Some of the measures implemented include:
Insulating the ceiling
Double glazing using “magnetite” on some of the windows.
Getting internal reflective blinds made up by a local blind maker. Very ingeneous!
Voltage reduction on the lights
Blanking off light fittings with a clear Perspex sheet to prevent air leakage into the ceiling cavity.
Disconnecting inefficient lights and replacing with fluorescent
Upgrading to a 5 star fridge
Only switching on when needed – for example the airconditioner, and kitchen equipment is turned off at the wall when not in use.
How would you save energy in your rented office?