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Friday, November 23, 2012

ENERGY STARS


Implement Performance Improvement Strategies

Purchasing
now and 2eva
fair-trade-compliant
checklist

Using the purchasing checklist research the purchase of the following:
(note all three items will be over $1,000).
  • fridge
  • photocopier
  • printer

Activity

Write a report on the following:
  • Which make and model of product do you recommend?
  • Why you made this recommendation.
  • Energy efficiency comparison of the products you considered.
  • What is the likely energy saving in buying this product?
  • Other information you find interesting and relevant.
Fridge

Refrigeration equipment
Energy Savings Checklist
  • Insulate distribution system and end use storerooms
  • Retrofit electronic expansion valves to reciprocating water chiller sets
  • Has the system been changed to run with hydrocarbon refrigerants?
  • Improve chilled circulation/heat transfer
  • Adjust suction temperature to maximise efficiency and maintain product temperature
  • Maintain defrost on all fan coils
  • Increase use of cold room space by closing off unused section.
  • http://www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au/for_businesses/energy_efficiency_2296.html

I came across this site http://www.sokitt.com/
Great choice of comparisons for appliances!http://www.sokitt.com/compare2/compare.php?type=rf






The fridge that I would recommend would be the:
420L Electrolux Fridge ETM4200SCLH
Because it has the highest energy star rating, it has a good brand name and it suits my budget.
The energy star rating for the fridge is 4 while the 330L Smeg Fridge FAB32V-7
Has an energy star rating of 2.5 and the 510L Electrolux Fridge EBE5107BA has an energy star rating of 3.
The energy saving for the fridge would be 349.00kWh/yr. which is a lot less than the other two fridges which are 420.00kWh/yr. and 406.00kWh/yr.

Features

·Frost free
·Hidden hinges
·Door close assist
·Fresh logic® deodoriser
·Deli-drawer
·Anodised wine caddy
·Full-width crisper on easy glide slides
·Humidity controlled
·Half-width dairy compartment with lid
·Egg tray
·Interior fridge light
·Removable mould resistant seals
·Twist ice server
·Ice cube storage bin
·Food freezing guide
·Adjustable front rollers
·Rear rollers
·Also known as Electrolux ETM4200SC-L

Dimensions

Suitable for small to medium households, this Electrolux refrigerator is energy efficient, stylish, and quiet. The classic top-mount design makes it easy to access your frozen food, and the humidity-controlled crisper will prolong the freshness of your fruit and veggies. Plus the curved stainless steel door is mark-resistant and beautiful to look at.
This Electrolux fridge uses a non-synthetic refrigerant (R600a) which is a more environmentally-friendly alternative to the hydro fluorocarbon R134a used in most other fridges. This makes it the perfect choice for anyone who is concerned about environmental sustainability.
Packed with features, this fridge also gives you a range of handy storage options including a twist ice server and an anodised wine caddy which is great for entertaining. There is also a deli drawer, an egg tray, and a dairy compartment for added convenience.
Constructed from premium quality materials, the Electrolux ETM4200SCLH is designed to stand up to the demands of a busy family.

Key Features

Non-synthetic R600a refrigerant

Designed with the planet in mind, this fridge uses a more environmentally-friendly refrigerant to significantly reduce its level of gas emissions.

Best in class energy efficiency

This fridge is in the top 25% of the most energy efficient appliances on the Australian and New Zealand market.

FreshLogic® deodoriser

Unique to Electrolux, the FreshLogic® deodoriser keeps your fridge smelling fresh by absorbing strong odours.

Professionally inspired

Professionally inspired European styling brings you mark-resistant stainless steel doors, attractive full-length handles, and classic curved doors.

Easy-glide access

The telescopic runners on the crisper drawer provide effortless access to your fresh food.

Humidity control

Humidity controls on the crisper bin creates the ideal storage environment to keep your fruit and vegetables fresh and delicious.

Reducing Waste

Although we have made great improvements in our waste disposal habits over recent years, there are still lots of ways we can do more.




Photocopier

Environmentally Friendly Photocopiers and Office Equipment

Environmentally Friendly photocopiers and other office equipment are crucial to workplace energy-saving and waste-reduction. Many measures (procedural and technical) have been implemented by equipment manufacturers, dealers and distributors - even before the government's introduction of measures via legislation such as the WEEE directive. Additionally, all government departments and private enterprise organisations have become acutely aware in recent years of the need for the implementation of energy-efficiency measures - not least to address bottom-line profitability as well as the wider responsibility to reduce climate change.

Environmental Issues: Recycling

Office equipment including photocopiers which previously ended up on landfill sites are no longer able to do so under the WEEE directive. The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive affects those involved in the manufacture, selling and distribution, recycling or treating of any electronic equipment. Included in the range of items affected are household appliances, Information Technology and Telecommunications Equipment, audio visual and lighting equipment, electrical and electronic tools, surgical and hospital equipment and automatic dispensers and of course, office equipment including photocopiers.
The aim of the WEEE directive is to reduce the waste generated from electrical and electronic equipment. The directive is also designed to ensure an improvement in the environmental procedures of all those involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic products. Manufacturers, sellers and distributors of office equipment are responsible for taking back and recycling electrical and electronic equipment. They are also required to achieve a series of rigorous recycling and recovery targets for different categories of appliance. Responsibilities can be discharged in a number of ways, including financial contributions.

Environmental Issues: Energy Efficiency and Fossil Fuel Consumption

Apart from computers and associated print devices, photocopiers are without doubt the most common items of office equipment in use today. Due to the need to be used "on demand", they can incur a significant environmental cost in terms of energy and paper usage and consequent greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Efficiency with Power Management

Power management features are important for saving energy and an easy way to reduce air pollution. Energy efficient photocopiers provide a significant step towards reducing the environmental impact of office photocopiers. Such machines come provided with an “energy saving" mode so that when not in use they "power down". This feature alone can reduce the energy needed to support the machine in periods of low activity by up to 60% or even more.

Energy Efficiency with Technical Innovation

A major energy-saving feature of the latest Canon photocopiers is the Canon "On-Demand" fusing system. The latest Canons use a thin fixing film, rather than a thick heating roller. They also use an efficient ceramic heating element, rather than a halogen heater. With these twin innovations, Canon achieves greatly improved energy efficiency and lower heat requirements. Heat is applied only when paper is passed through the fixing mechanism and images are "fixed" via the fixing film. In addition to this, Canon’s technology can allow the photocopier to make the transition between a cool energy-saving "sleep mode" to full operating temperatures in less than 10 seconds. This is a major advantage over conventional systems, which typically take more than one minute.
A similarly innovative system is also available on the latest Konica Minolta bizbub series, including the bizhub C451. The induction heating fusing technology on the bizhub C451 is also one which minimises energy consumption and maximises energy efficiency, by fusing at a lower temperature.

For More Information on Energy Saving Office Equipment

Such technology is paving the way to increased energy efficiency - especially when coupled with an increase in the availability of "duplex" (paper-saving double-sided copying and printing) as standard, and the adoption of office disciplines in the curtailing of unnecessary paper creation via electronic Document Management Systems designed to operate with digital photocopiers.

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Toshiba's Eco-Friendly Office Copier Prints Erasable Documents




A new copy machine by Toshiba hopes to be the next big thing for paper-conscious offices. It prints documents that can be erased instantly by heating the pages, and the paper can be used up to five times before needing to be recycled. The toner is heat-sensitive, and loses colour when warmed up. But what happens if you leave your important documents in the hot car? According to CrunchGear, the printer with its erasable paper can result in a "60% cut in carbon dioxide emissions, when compared with using four sheets of paper. The copier can make 20 to 30 copies a minute and will cost about 20-30% more than conventional copiers with a similar performance, according to a report in The Nikkei (Japan's biggest business daily)." The company hopes to commercialise the copy machines sometime during the next fiscal year.

It reminds us a little of a giant version of the PrePeat.
The idea is very intriguing -- at least at first. After all, isn't it perfect that an office could reuse paper up to five times? While it sounds like a great way to curb the consumption of paper by offices, there are a few issues that shake the "green" label for the machine. For instance, at what rate will paper get heated and reused, rather than saved (since the purpose of a copy machine is to have hard copies of a document on hand), and does the energy that goes into heating the paper eat into any carbon savings by minimising paper use? And what chemicals are used in heat-sensitive ink -- it might be far less green than using soy-based inks.
We aren't convinced that this is necessarily a green solution all around, and it underscores the fact that the greenest thing to do with copiers is just not use them. Avoiding printing in the first place is more practical than investing in this new machine.



Big Steps with a smaller Footprint


Toshiba proudly introduces its greenest MFD ever

Toshiba’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility encourages major efforts to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment. Promoting good environmental management practices across all of our products and business processes, the new e-STUDIO255/305/355/455 MFDs can boast the following environmentally friendly enhancements.

The new e-STUDIO255/305/355/455 Multi-Function Device (MFD) efficiently outputs crisp monochrome images at speeds of 25 ppm to 45 ppm. Scanning in colour it empowers use of digital document storage and retrieval for considerate paper usage and improved work flow. Together with the following innovations, we can all comfortably contribute to environmental improvement activities.


ENERGY SAVING

Utilising Toshiba’s latest SOC (System on Chip) technology feature “Super Sleep Mode” the MFD consumes only 1W of power whilst in standby, in this mode it will be automatically woken for FAX and LAN activities.


WASTE TONER RECYCLING SYSTEM

100% of all waste toner is used for imaging resulting in a system that conserves resources, reduces cost and is kinder to the environment.


PAPER/TONER SAVING

Hold Print – this feature holds jobs at the MFD ready to output at the user’s convenience eliminating loss and wastage of documents. 

Omit Blank Page - removes blank sheets from documents saving on unnecessary wasted paper. Auto Duplex – this mode can be set as default cutting paper usage by 50%.


N in 1 – documents can be thumb nailed for archiving (up to 32 pages) onto a single sheet with substantial savings in paper and toner usage.

Proof Print – eliminates wasted output by allowing the user to preview just one completed set at the MFD before committing to the rest of the job.

Outside Erase – eliminates black background when copying or scanning books or other 3D objects, the resultant images are not only cleaner but result in a reduction of toner usage.

Toner Save Mode – lets users print their documents in a legible output whilst saving toner, perfect for drafts.


LONG LIFE CONSUMABLES

Consumables are designed to last longer, reducing the frequency of periodic maintenance.


COMPLIANCE – DESIGN TO DISPOSAL

Using the “concept to grave” design model, the e-STUDIO 255/305 and 355/455 are designed to fully comply with the world’s most stringent standards such as Energy Star Tier2, Blue Angel Mark and R Ohs requirements of the European Union.


HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES REDUCTION

Products are lead free, Vinyl chloride-free, and Halogen-free.


LIGHTER/MORE COMPACT

the new lighter and more compact design means more efficient shipping and as a direct result a reduction of CO² emissions. Compared to predecessor, size has been reduced by up to 33%, weight by up to 31% and the number of parts by up to 30%.


RECYCLED MATERIAL

these new MFDs utilise packaging manufactured from recycled materials which can be returned for further recycling. In fact, over 14% of each new MFD is manufactured from recycled materials and the whole device is 100% totally recyclable.


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Toshiba contributes to sustainable development in two ways: by supporting environmentally friendly values and by reducing the environmental impact of its products and business practices. Toshiba strives to be eco-friendly in all activities including procurement of raw materials and components, product design, production, and distribution. In line with this policy, Toshiba’s environmentally friendly MFDs feature recycled materials and are highly efficient with energy and other resources.



Photocopying is comparatively more Eco friendly then printing, the reason being it involved less consumption of ink. But a lot it depends on need and requirement of the user. If there is an option to use either one of them then in that case photocopying is best one to go for.


Success Stories



NASA's Environmental Approach to Copiers

NASA's unique "cost-per-copy" agency-wide contract, which means the agency purchases copy services rather than machines, allowed the inclusion of several environmental features important to NASA, including recycled paper and energy-efficiency. As a result, the agency estimates it will save approximately $4.5 million during the 5-year span of the contract. In a cost-per-copy contract environment, the contractor provides convenient copiers, all supplies including toner (which previously was a separate, high-cost item for all NASA sites), preventive maintenance, repairs and repair parts, training, moves, and associated labour costs. These convenience copiers were viewed as an easy item to consolidate into one agency wide contract that could yield considerable savings. Consolidating NASA's copier needs into one contract significantly reduced administrative costs associated with contracts being competed, awarded, administered, and closed out.



Below is a link to a site with an eco Calculator:



I could not find any photocopiers with the energy star rating at


I rang EPA Victoria on 1300 372 842 and I asked them and all they could think of was the energy rating website.

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