We can all help to conserve energy and save money at our workplaces by implementing some quick and easy changes in our work habits and becoming more conscious about our working environments.
Some helpful hints include:
Electronics and Appliances
- Maintain all electrical equipment in optimum condition by scheduling regular servicing to ensure it is kept running efficiently.
- Turn off photocopier at night or purchase a new copier with low standby feature. Purchase printers and fax machines with power management feature and use it.
- Always turn off all electrical appliances and pull the plugs from the wall sockets at the end of the workday, including cell phone chargers, fans, coffeemakers, desktop printers, radios, etc.
- Replace desktop computers with thin clients or laptop computers and docking stations.
- Replace cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors with LED or liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors.
- Turn off lights in all rooms and areas that are not in use such as the common areas, break room and conference rooms. Use dimmers, motion sensors, or occupancy sensors to automatically turn off lighting when not in use to reduce energy use and costs.
- Use task lighting instead of brightly lighting an entire room.
- Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for desk lamps and overhead lighting. Using CFLs instead of comparable incandescent bulbs can save about 50% on your lighting costs and last up to 10 times longer.
- Windows and Blinds
- During the summer months, pull the shades or close the window blinds during the midday to limit the amount of heat that enters the room in warmer weather and to limit the amount of heat that escapes during the winter months. Overhangs or exterior window covers are most effective to block sunlight on south-facing windows.
- In the winter months, open blinds on south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your workspace. At night, close the blinds to reduce heat loss.
Heating and Cooling
- Adjust and program the thermostat to shut off during the night and to turn on half an hour before the beginning of the workday. Set the thermostat no higher than 69 degrees during the winter months.
- Encourage employees to dress according to the weather and time of the year, adjusting their layers of clothing before changing the thermostat settings.
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