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7 tips to keep cool at work
Whether you’re in the office or onsite, stay cool this summer with these tips while controlling your energy costs.
- Stay hydrated. This is very important for avoiding heat stroke. Plus, drinking a cold beverage is refreshing and brings the body temperature down.
- Power down. Turn off equipment that is not being used. Computers, scanners, copiers and the like all generate heat. If they are not in use, turn them off.
- Turn off lights. Turn off unnecessary lighting. Not only does this help to keep an office cooler, it also reduces energy costs.
- Shades closed. Keep the blinds closed, especially if you’re near a window. Blocking the hot direct sunlight from entering your work area will keep the indoor temperature down.
- Keep vents clear. While a vital part of any heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system, vents are easily overlooked. Keep vents unobstructed to increase air circulation.
- Try a fan. Fans may be old-fashioned but are still a practical, inexpensive way to lower energy use. During milder temperatures, a fan can eliminate the need for air conditioning and keep a room cool for just a few cents per day. In the heat of summer, fans also help circulate air to keep you comfortable without cranking up the air conditioning.
- Clean air filters. Air filters tend to be out of sight, out of mind, but they should be changed every three months. This simple, do-it-yourself procedure will allow more air to flow through your system and result in lower operating costs.
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