Own a small business and want to save on your energy bills? Or do you work in a corporate environment where you’ve thought about suggesting recycling? Saving energy runs hand in hand with saving money. With a few combined steps you could save on your next office energy bill.
Power off. When leaving the office in the evening be sure all lights are off and remind your employees to power off all computers. Create an office rule that states, “If no one is in a conference room or break room, all lights must remain off.” The same rule could apply to personal offices as well. Setting up motion censored lights in common areas is an option.
Use power management settings. A black screen showcasing no power is being used is a great sign rather than a pretty moving screensaver. Computers, printers, and other devices should be using the recommended power management settings that allow them to shut off or go into hibernating mode when they are not being used.
Don’t touch the thermostat. Changing the temperature every couple of hours can increase your energy consumption. You will never get all employees to agree on the right temperature. Leave the thermostat set on one temperature throughout the day. This will decrease the fluctuation that causes high energy bills.
Office supplies can be green. Major suppliers like Staples and Office Depot have entire sections of their catalogs devoted to green products.
Choose Energy Star equipment. Don’t toss your current office equipment out just because. But if it is time to replace your equipment, replace with Energy Star devices. Energy star is a joint program between the US Department of Energy and the USEPA that rates products based on their energy efficiency.
Switch to laptops. Laptops are more energy efficient than standard desktop computers. Laptop being mobile makes them an even better choice overall.
Recycle. Recycling office paper may be one of the easiest options to implement. When employees are given the option of a recycling bin right next to a trash, they are more likely to recycle on a day to day basis.