Last year VECCI – the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry – undertook a survey of business attitudes to climate change.
A surprising – and very disappointing result – was that many businesses believed they had done all they could do to minimise their energy use and carbon footprint.
This self-limiting belief means that these businesses are wasting money and energy, and producing greenhouse gases – needlessly.
One of our customers, who has already cut their energy use by up to 40% across a range of facilities, had us do a quick search for further energy saving opportunities late last year. This organisation is well known as being a leader in energy conservation and saving. Were we able to identify further opportunities to reduce their energy use, within their payback period? The answer to that is a resounding YES.
Henry Ford had a great saying which I love to quote. “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
If you turn all your computers off at the end of the day and don’t leave lights on in empty rooms you might think you are doing all you can to save energy. But that would be wrong. For example, you probably still have opportunity to delamp (remove excess lamps in areas that are too bright), and to save computer power through aggressive power management settings. And that’s without investing any capital! If you have some money to invest you can save any more, and get a return on investment the banks would kill for.
If you want to cut your energy use, you can!