Every evening, just before bedtime, I patrol around in our house to make sure that the doors are locked, the thermostat is turned down and the lights are switched off. I check the kitchen to make sure the stove is off.
When we get our own place to live most of us get into a habit of bedtime checks. Those of us, who pay the electric, heating and water bills, make sure that we are in the energy saving mode before turning in. We take ownership of the situation and eliminate as much wasted money as we can.
We all need to do the same thing at work. Take a look around your workstation at the end of your shift to see what should be done to save energy.
Shutting off lights, fans and computers are good examples. If the next shift needs it, they can turn stuff on. Space heaters and other personal appliances should be off before you head out the door.
Check to make sure the water faucets are off and the flush valves have stopped running. Check the water cooler to make sure the water flow is off.
Before you leave for your lunch break take a look around and shut off everything you can. Give the electric meter a lunch break too.
A little vigilance on everyone’s part can save a substantial amount of energy. Saving energy at work is good for the environment and good for business.