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Saving Energy in the Office
Conserving energy in the office may not be a hot topic of conversation around the water cooler, but it’s one of the best ways to reduce your operating costs. These simple, cost-effective, energy-saving measures will help boost your bottom line.
Get some sleep. Computers, printers and copiers are often left on all day, but see the use. You can save a lot of energy by using low-power sleep mode settings.
A sleeping computer uses up to 95 percent less energy.
Switch to laptops of tablets. When upgrading computers, consider purchasing laptop or tablet models. Today’s laptops can perform most office-related tasks while using significantly less energy.
Share printer. Got a printer in ach office? You’re wasting energy. Network printers so that multiple employees share them. This will save energy and reduce paper waste.
Plug smarter. Many electronic devices continue to draw power 24-hours a day, even when they are not being used. Advanced power strips automatically switch off devices when no one is using them.
Make it less personal. Personal appliances are costly and hard to control. Limit the use by maintaining a comfortable temperature and making appliances available in your central break room.
One space heater costs up to $75 to operate.
Buy ENERGY STAR®. ENERGY STAR certified office equipment uses less energy than standard models, while providing the same level of performance.
Install occupancy sensors. Stop wasting energy by lighting often empty spaces – such as restrooms and conference rooms. Occupancy and vacancy sensors automatically shut off lights when a room is vacant.
Upgrade lighting. Switch out older T12 fluorescent lamps with LED replacement tubes or LED fixtures. They offer higher efficiency, better light quality and easy compatibility with controls.
Don’t get stuck in the office. Take a look around your entire facility. You’ll likely find numerous ways to reduce energy waste and improve efficiency.
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