Integrated Energy Efficiency
Using electricity efficiently is key in shrinking your energy bill. This may mean investing in new technology or it can be as simple as changing simple daily behaviour. To help your business save on costs, we can provide an energy efficiency assessment on your site to reduce your energy usage.
Old-fashioned lighting appliances are inefficient and cost a lot of money to run and depending on the type of business you’re running, your lighting may make up an average of 20% of your total energy bill. Thankfully, through our energy efficiency assessments, Leading Edge Energy can offer comprehensive advice on the different types of lighting solutions that can save you up to 90% of your lighting costs.
To help you achieve that, we can schedule an energy efficiency assessment that looks into your business’s lighting needs, like how long bulbs will be turned on, and then recommend the right type of bulbs for your purpose. Our suggestions will not only give you the best cost benefit over time in consumption but last long as well.
We also look into factors such as ambient and specialised lighting, and dimmable bulbs. This means that we can recommend a variety of bulbs like halogen or LED lamps, or even switches for controlling brightness. This way, you can save without sacrificing your needs or aesthetics.
Heating and Cooling Upgrades
Heating or cooling systems also make up a huge chunk of electricity costs, whether your business needs air conditioning, refrigeration, or heating. That said, there are still ways to save on these with upgrades that we can help you pinpoint.
Leading Edge Energy constantly watches the market for the best and most energy-efficient natural refrigerant-based systems to recommend to our clients. We often focus on hydrocarbon refrigerant blends instead of synthetic ones because the former can lead to 17% to 38% energy savings.
When it comes to air conditioning units, we can audit your business space and figure out the optimal heating and cooling output. Over-laboured systems work harder and consume more energy in the process. On the other hand, under-utilised power results in poor efficiency and a bigger capital expenditure.
To avoid these unnecessary expenses, we assess your requirements to identify the most ideal system for you, based on cost and energy efficiency. Typically, the upgrades we recommend for HVAC units can reduce consumption by 20% to 60%.
Power Quality Upgrades
Australia’s power supply tends to fluctuate and vary in voltage due to the long distances between poles and wires, the old distribution networks designed to operate at a higher voltage, and the rampant, intensive use of air conditioners.
The voltage supplied in Australia is often much higher than what is actually needed, so it’s very inefficient. Leading Edge Energy corrects this to lower the amount of energy consumed by motors such as in air conditioners up to 10%. This means there’s less wasted energy, better power quality, extended lifespans for devices, and lower electricity bills.
Power factor correction
Apparent Power is the power the network sees while Real Power is the power used on site. Ideally, these figures should be matched to signify that energy is being supplied effectively. If not, the Power Factor, or the difference between Real Power and Apparent Power, has to be determined.
Once we know the Power Factor, we can correct it by installing capacitors as needed to be able to operate various appliances and reduce electricity charges by up to 10%.