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5 Ways to Conserve Energy in Your Office

5 Ways to Conserve Energy in Your Office

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According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, commercial buildings account for 19% of the energy consumed in the United States. These types of buildings often house companies and more than half of the energy they use goes toward heating and lighting. These companies have a lot of opportunity to improve their energy efficiency. No matter what a person’s role is in a company, everyone can pitch in to help save energy. Here are a few simple office energy saving tips you can use in your office to help employees increase their energy efficiency.

  1. Unplug electronics such as cell phones and laptops once they’re charged

Once you’ve charged your phone and mobile you can unplug them and give them a break from being constantly charged. When they are plugged in they are still using energy even if they are not still charging.

  1. User Power Save Mode on office electronics

Change your computer and printer settings to go into power save mode when they’re not in use. There are multiple computer settings you can turn on for your computer to save power when you step away. Make sure you check into this and see what you can be doing better for your power saving. There are always little ways to conserve energy that can make a big difference.

  1. Use energy efficient laptops

According to BOSS Controls, energy efficient laptops use less energy and decrease your company’s electricity costs and carbon dioxide emissions. The EPA estimates that over the next five years, ENERGY STAR labeled computers will save U.S. companies and consumers $1.8 billion in energy costs. To save on up-front costs, don’t swap them out all at once, but phase the energy efficient laptops in as older machines come in for maintenance, or new employees are given their computers.

  1. Replace florescent bulbs with CFL or LEDs

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to conserve energy is to change your light bulbs. Older florescent bulbs are very inefficient, and don’t last very long. Replace these older bulbs with longer lasting CFL or LED light bulbs. These bulbs use a lot less electricity, and last significantly longer. CFL and LED bulbs will fit into most existing light fixtures, so you won’t have any costs other than the bulbs themselves.

  1. Minimize artificial lighting and make use of natural light.

Make sure you have enough windows skylights and other forms of natural light in your office.This will be better than having to fill your office with a lot of artificial lighting to get enough light for employees to see. It will also cut down on power usage and less money for your electricity bills.

 

Try some of these tips and if you have any others please share them with us!