How To Use Renewable Energy In The Office

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Being environmentally-conscious at home and in our personal lives is great, but when you spend most of the time in the office, it does make you wonder if you could be doing more. Bringing your own coffee cup and turning off the lights surely helps, but that can only go so far.

Making your workplace a little bit more sustainable requires an initial investment and a little effort at the beginning – in order to change where you’ve been getting energy from – but after that’s passed, the benefits and cost savings will be huge; for both the planet and your company.

What is sustainable energy?

Clean and renewable energy is all the energy that doesn’t need carbon materials to be produced – instead, they are obtained from natural sources,; such as sunlight, wind and the ocean. In addition, contrary to non-sustainable energy (that’s obtained from coal, oil and natural gas), clean energy doesn’t generate any greenhouse gases.

3 Benefits of using renewable energy in the office

1. Reducing your carbon footprint

Human activity is overloading our atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other global warming emissions, which trap heat. The results can be stronger, frequent storms; drought; sea level rise and extinction. Most renewable energy sources produce little to no global warming emissions, in contrast with carbon-intensive energy – that’s why being onboard with renewable energy is important.

2. Improving your company image

Using renewable energy looks great for your company. If you emphasise your sustainable approach to business, you can gain positive attention from environmentally-friendly consumers, which increase every day. You can try to incorporate your renewable energy policy into your marketing campaign, and use it as a USP for attracting prospective employees and business partners.

3. Cost savings

It feels good to help the environment while also saving money. Something as simple as shutting off all electronics after office hours can save a lot of money for your company.

Installing solar panels for your office

Considering that Australia has a staggering amount of sunny days per year, installing solar panels is the best thing you can do if you want to power your office with renewable and sustainable energy. There are many benefits related to solar panels. Some of these are:

1. Savings

Solar panels will reduce the money you spend on electricity bills by a lot.

chances are, the cost per unit of your current energy is much higher than what you would spend for solar power.

2. Solar panels need little maintenance and are reliable

Once the solar panels are installed, maintenance will be minimal to non-existing (especially if there are no batteries being used), and the system should be working fine for 25 to 40 years./p>

3. Possible tax rebates

You may even make money out of installing solar panels – as feed-in tariffs may be applicable. If that’s the case, you could receive a government-set rate payment for the electricity you generate and don’t need. The power then goes back to the grid and you get paid. In addition, your business could also be eligible for a federal government tax rebate, to deduct the cost of the solar panel installation.

5 Types of renewable energy used in Australia

Australia is no stranger to using clean energy. Its use has seen an increase in popularity in the last decade. While some technologies are just starting and are in process of being commercially viable, we are moving towards relying on renewable energy in the foreseeable future as non-sustainable energy becomes a less viable option. We’ve already covered solar energy, but there are several other avenues for using renewable energy in the office.

1. Wind

Wind or eolic energy is obtained from air flowing over the earth’s surface, usually though wind turbines. The force of the wind turns the blades of a turbine and generates electricity.

2. Tidal

Marine energy, or tidal energy, uses the force of the waves and tides to turn turbines and generate electricity.

3. Hydropower

Hydropower electricity is obtained from the power of falling or flowing water, which then turn turbines and generate electricity.

4. Geothermal

Geothermal energy uses hot fluids obtained from the underground to power steam turbines and generate electricity.

5. Bioenergy

Bioenergy uses gases from degrading plant or animal waste to start turbines to generate electricity. Plant and animal matter include wood waste, landfill wastes and crops.

Contact Platinum Electricians for your commercial electrical needs

Being energy conscious at home is no longer enough. It’s time for business to assume responsibility, too – so get your business to embrace renewable energy as a real possibility. Whatever change you commit to today will mean a more sustainable tomorrow – and our future generations will thank you for it.

For all your residential electrical needs contact the team at Platinum Electricians to help set up a sustainable electrical system.