Energy use is one of the largest operating expense in commercial office buildings. Reducing the energy intensity is a cost-effective way to manage rising energy prices, increase productivity and reduce operating costs, as well as cutting greenhouse gas emissions. In mid-July, Rob Brown, UMS’s Contract Manager at the Chippendale depot, reaped the benefit of energy efficiency through the NSW Government’s Energy Savings Scheme (ESS). Having recently received Chippendale’s first energy bill since the lighting refurbishment, Rob has reported a significant 32% decline in energy usage.
The NSW Government’s Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) aims to reduce energy consumption in NSW by creating incentives for organisations to invest in energy savings projects. ESS has helped many firms, including UMS, to ease their burden of high upfront costs to getting the energy efficient projects under the way. By understanding the depot’s energy use, Rob was able to help identify savings opportunities for Chippendale.
Rob engaged with an electrician to undertake a lighting refurbishment at the depot. At a low cost of $33, all the old energy-inefficient fluorescent lights were replaced with LED lights. Having recently received Chippendale’s first energy bill, the energy usage has had an impressive 32% drop. Rob’s engagement in environmentally sustainable practices has led to a safer and healthier workplace for his colleagues.
The hazard of poor lighting at the workplace is shown to lead to eye fatigue and headaches. But in a depot where moving machinery and hazards are presented, poor lighting may lead to severe accidents and injuries where the eyes experience momentarily blindness as they try to adjust to brighter or darker surrounding.