A few simple changes can save energy at work. These small steps can be multiplied by getting everyone where you work to use these cost saving ideas. Their earth friendly impact is a second selling point.
Be bright about Light Lighting accounts for 44 percent of the power used in office areas. Turn off the lights when you are leaving any room for 5 minutes. Use Energy Star rated lamps and fixtures. They use much less energy than regular lighting. Install timers or motion sensors to shut off lights when they are not needed.
Maximize computer efficiency Computers waste $1 billion worth of electricity each year. Turn your computer and monitor off when you leave for the day. If you leave them on you are still burning energy even when you are not there. Setting your computer to go to sleep during short breaks can cut energy use by 70 percent. Screen savers waste energy. Standby and hibernate modes save energy.
Print smarter The average office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year. Print on both sides or use the backside of old documents for faxes or scrap paper. Avoid color printing. Print in draft mode whenever feasible.
Go paperless when possible Stop and ask yourself if a document could be read or stored online instead of printing it. Request to be removed from the mailing list when you receive unwanted catalogs, newsletters, magazines, or junk mail. Use your supplier’s on line catalogs. Post employee manuals and similar materials online. They are easier to update and no one can have an out of date copy if they are only available on the computer.
Ramp up your recycling Recycle as much as you can. Just about any kind of paper, including fax paper, envelopes, and junk mail, can be recycled. Place recycling bins in accessible, high-traffic areas. Provide clear information about what can and cannot be recycled.
Close the loop Buy office supplies and furniture made from recycled materials.
Rethink your travel Use web meetings or video conferencing to reduce employee travel.
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