Workplace energy savings

It’s easy to be energy-savvy at home, when you’re footing the bills. But many of us spend more than half our day in other spaces, like the workplace.

Unless you’re a business-owner, chances are you haven’t thought about ways to cut energy-use at work. But, since we spend about eight to 12 hours a day there, cutting energy-consumption, even in small ways, can have a big impact.

Be smart with your computer

Turn off computers when not in use and when you leave for the day. A screen-saver does not save on energy, so ensure that your computer switches to sleep mode after a period of inactivity. If you can, use a laptop rather than a desktop computer – they use less energy.

Computers, speakers and printers are often left plugged in at all times. Even when these devices are switched off, they still draw power from the outlet, a phenomenon know as “phantom” power. To cut this energy use, unplug these appliances when turned off.

Flick the switch

Turn off lights in rooms that are not in use. This seems like a no-brainer, but often lights remain on in common rooms like kitchens, boardrooms, store rooms and bathrooms.

For extra energy-savings, suggest to management that you switch to CFLs or LEDs, which use between 75 and 90 percent less energy than regular bulbs.

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

Recycling, reusing, using both sides of the paper and composting (if your workplace has a kitchen) are just some of the waste-reducing practices that should be remembered not only at home, but at work too.

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