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Sustainable Business Resources

The following resources have been developed to provide information and tips on how to improve sustainability in your business. There are also tailored programs, management tools and training services for businesses working to reduce energy consumption, overheads and costs, available through the Office of Environment & Heritage.

Water logo - Smart ProgramWater

The way your business uses water could be having a significant impact on your business's operating costs. With water prices expected to rise, now is a good time to start looking at how your business can save both water and money.

 

Simple Water Saving Tips

Some simple tips your business could make today to start saving water include:

  • Installing water saving devices such as:
    - Aerated tap fixtures
    - Inline flow regulators
    - Smart rinse valves

    These simple devices could potentially save up 50% water usage on each tap or device to which they are fitted
  • Fitting toilets with a water displacement device or cistern weights can save up to 2L per flush and ensure flushing only occurs when the button is pushed
  • Ensuring any drips or leaks are fixed promptly (1 drip per second from a tap equates to approximately 7,000L per year)
  • Encourage staff to use water responsibly, e.g. mop floor surfaces instead of hosing them where possible

By implementing small changes and initiatives and ensuring good maintenance of your facilities you could potentially save your business hundreds of dollars in costs per year.

For further information on things you can do in your business to start saving water and money today, please visit Sydney Water for ways to improve water efficiency in your business.

Energy logo - Smart ProgramEnergy

With the cost of electricity set to continue increasing over the next couple of years, now is a good time to look at the ways your business could potentially minimise energy use and the impact of these increasing costs on your operations.

 

Simple Energy Saving Tips

Some simple things you can do to save energy in your workplace include:

Equipment
  • Ensure all electrical equipment (computers, TVs, appliances, etc.) are switched off from the power point at night, weekends and during holidays
  • When purchasing new equipment always try to buy the most energy efficient (highest star rated) possible. Generally, the additional cost of purchasing energy efficient equipment is recouped through reduced running costs over the life of the appliance
Computers
  • If possible, use LCD monitors as they are generally much more efficient than the older cathode-ray tubes monitors
  • The smaller the computer screen the less energy it uses
  • Laptop computers generally use less electricity than desk computers
  • Set automatic sleep timers to turn computers off after a period of inactivity
Lighting
  • Switch to low energy lighting, especially in areas of high use
  • Educate staff to switch off lights, equipment and appliances when not in use
  • Implement controls to limit light use to area needed, e.g. timers, motion sensors and light level sensors

Energy Saving Programs

Your business may be eligible for support or rebates for energy saving initiatives under the following programs:

Sustainability Advantage Program

The Sustainable Advantage Program offers larger businesses the opportunity to join a business network offering support and guidance on how energy and total environmental performance can be improved. This program will connect you with similar businesses to create a support and resource network. For further information please visit the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage website for information about the Sustainability Advantage Program.

Energy Saver Program

The Energy Saver Program offers businesses that use between 160MWh and about 10GWh of electricity a year the opportunity to undertake comprehensive energy audits of their operations at a highly subsidised rate of up to 80%. For further information or if you think you may qualify for this program visit the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage website for information about the Energy Saver Program.

Waste logo - Smart ProgramWaste

Minimising the amount of waste your business generates and the amount of waste which goes to landfill can significantly reduce your business's operational costs. Expected increases to landfill disposal costs means that this cost impact on businesses is set to increase in the near future. Some simple changes to the way your business manages wastes could potentially save you a significant amount of money.

Simple Waste Minimisation Tips

Minimise wastes produced by simply following the principles of ARRRD below:

AVOID creating waste
  • Determine whether a product is really necessary
  • Use a recycled or recyclable product instead, e.g. use a paper bag instead of a plastic bag
  • Do not over-purchase materials or stock
REDUCE your waste
  • Use less product or equipment where possible
  • Ensure all equipment and machinery is well maintained to increase life span
  • When purchasing equipment buy better quality if possible to increase product life span
REUSE your waste
  • Return packaging, boxes or pallets to suppliers where possible
  • Ensure all equipment and machinery is well maintained to increase life span
RECYCLE your waste
  • Recycle waste products where possible
  • Determine if there is a recycled alternative to new products
DISPOSE of your waste
  • Determine the most environmentally friendly way of disposing your waste products
  • Recycle wastes where possible. The following can all generally be recycled (depending on type):
    - Batteries
    - Electronic wastes
    - Lights
    - Organics
    - Glass
    - Plastic
    - Steel and Aluminium
    - Paper and Cardboard

    By recycling these products you will reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and in turn reduce the associated costs to your business
FOOD WASTE

There are options for recycling and disposing of food waste. With an Environmental Grant from Council, the volunteer group Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle has created a brochure for businesses. Read more here.