You can save energy in the workplace, too. Try these tips to improve your bottom line.
Electric Energy Savings at No or Low Cost
- Turn off computers and monitors when not in use.
- Make sure lights and equipment are off in unused offices, storage rooms and conference rooms.
- Plug business equipment and appliances into power strips and switch them off when not in use.
- Clean all light fixtures, bulbs, lenses and reflective surfaces to reduce the need for additional lighting.
- Place illuminated outdoor signs on a timer to shut off at 1:00 a.m.
- Instead of lighting up an entire room, use task lighting over desks and work areas.
- Program office equipment to automatically go into sleep mode when not in use.
- Routinely maintain your equipment. It will run more efficiently when cleaned and kept in good condition.
- Keep heat-producing equipment away from thermostats.
- Ask janitorial personnel to work together to clean buildings one floor at a time, reducing lighting costs.
Invest and Save
- Make an investment in energy-efficient equipment and systems.
- Use T8 or T5 fluorescent lamps instead of T12s for significant savings in electrical consumption.
- Replace exit signs and other conventional lighting with light-emitting diodes, which consume up to 95 percent less electricity.
- Hire certified auditors to conduct an energy-use analysis of your site. Their recommendations could save your business thousands of dollars.
- Replace desktop computers and conventional monitors with laptops and flat screen monitors, which use significantly less energy.
- Increase the efficiency and light output of fluorescent lamps by installing electronic ballasts.