1. Cheapest is Best
If your business consistently buys the cheapest appliances you may end up paying a lot more than you've saved in extra energy bills over the life of the appliance. Three fridges were purchased by a local business recently, when they arrived they only had two energy stars. The facilities manager pointed out that he wouldn't have a two star appliance in his home. So make sure you don't have them in your business. Choosing the right appliance can seem complicated and confusing. Cut to the chase and just specify that all appliances must be energy star rated - look for the blue label. You'll get what you ask for - appliances with the blue energy star label rate in the top 20% of energy efficient appliances within their category www.energywise.govt.nz/energy-star
2. Turning Lights Off and On Wastes Energy
No actually it doesn't. Why the myth? Fluorescent lights take a small surge of energy when turned on, but much less than they will save by being turned off. If you are leaving a room, home or office for more than a minute or two turn it off!
3. Electric Cars Are Too Expensive
There are now 743 electric vehicles on New Zealand roads and with 142 public charge points now available, and the number steadily increasing, the fear of being trapped within a small radius of home or work is gradually diminishing. Globally there are now more than 740,000 EV's on the road. Most popular is the Nissan Leaf. With many second hand models already coming in from Japan you can now buy a 2011 Nissan Leaf from $17,000 and a 2014 model from $29,990 in New Zealand. Much like energy efficient appliances an electric vehicle may cost you a little more than a petrol one but it sure will save you a lot on running costs. Plus you'll now be driving a zero emission vehicle. And that's good news for those of us who suffer from fossil fuel laden climate change guilt every time we jump into our cars. A recent Ford survey found that 9 out of 10 EV owners would not go back to a combustion engine vehicle.
My name is Carolyn Cox, I'm the founder of Green Businesss HQ.
I help businesses develop sustainability strategies, action plans and provide sustainability advice for businesses, industry sectors, education providers, and communities.