Common ways to save in apartments

March 2012

Electricity used in common areas of apartments help to keep residents safe and secure but there are some simple tips to help avoid adding hundreds of dollars each year to strata fees.

You may not realise it but the electricity used in common areas of apartments like halls, garages or pools can be up to 50% of the electricity used by a high rise apartment building.

Common area electricity usage can vary significantly, from as little as $100 per year for small apartment blocks and villas, to more than $1200 per year for a large high rise complex.

You can start saving electricity in common areas by choosing energy efficient lights wherever possible and installing timers and motion sensors so they’re not on 24 hours a day.

It’s important to ensure pool pumps are not running longer than necessary. Apartment complexes with time-based pricing can run their pool equipment outside of peak times to cut electricity costs. Electric pool heating can be very expensive so it’s wise to look into gas or heat pump options.

Savings can also be made by having car park ventilation controlled by carbon monoxide sensors and using variable speed drive fans.

Air conditioning systems can account for up to 60% of energy bills in common areas. Programmable time clocks minimise operation time, and appropriate thermostat settings help avoid overheating or overcooling.

For larger apartment blocks an audit report by an energy consultant can be money well spent.

And to save electricity inside your apartment, check out ways to save.


Common townhouse complex walk-way

Savings can be made in common walk-ways by using energy efficienct lighting on timers or sensors.

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