Parking you car with the engine off saves you money. Parking equipment at work with the power off saves money and jobs.
If you are like me when you leave work for the day, you use your cell phone to call home to see if you have any errands to do along the way. My trip home often includes a stop for milk or to pick up the photos of our grandson that are ready at the corner pharmacy.
When I park my Buick for these short breaks, I do not leave the motor running and the headlights turned on. If I did leave them on, I know that I would have a bigger bill to pay at the gas pump.
When we are driving on the weekend and stop for lunch, I do not leave the engine running and the defroster on full blast to keep the windows clear. I shut everything down while the car is in the restaurant parking lot. I could leave everything on because we will only be stopping for half an hour. But, I know I would have a bigger bill to pay at the gas pump if I left them on.
I’ll bet that you shut off your car or truck when you arrive at work. After all, it is money out of our pockets if we do not shut our vehicles down when their job is done. At work, I notice that people do not always park their equipment.
They stop for breaks and leave equipment running and lights on. Folks stop work for lunch and leave their music and office machines on. Folks take off to start their weekend and leave all sorts of electrical and compressed air equipment turned on.
It is a good idea for you to shut off your house lights when you leave. It is good for you to shut down your ride when you park it. It is also good to shut down the lights and equipment at work.
Like it or not, you are in cutthroat competition with other companies. Saving dollars that are spent on energy where you work helps to keep jobs there. Improving energy productivity is just as important to our future as improving any other measure of productivity.
If something is left on when it could be off, do something. Take care of it yourself, if you are qualified to do it safely. Ask to have someone who is qualified take care of it. Ask to have someone qualify you to shut it down next time.
Most utility companies read industrial and commercial electric meters every 15 minutes, so any delay in shutting off equipment costs money.
When the job is done park your equipment so you do not leave the electric meter running.
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