Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Be an energy champion in your workplace! Making small adjustments and implementing change in your office can save energy while cutting down on bills.
Lighting: Replace traditional light bulbs with higher efficiency lighting. Reduce lighting near natural light sources and install motion detectors to automatically switch off power in empty office spaces and low traffic areas. Fact: ENERGY STAR® qualified CFLs use 75% less energy to produce the same amount of light as incandescent light bulbs and will last up to 10 times longer (masssave.com) Check out this video for more information about CFL's and how to choose the right lighting for your needs.
Printing: Set your printer default to double-sided, black and white printing. Limit the use of printing to necessary jobs. A machine that combines multiple functions like scanning, printing and faxing will use less energy than separate machines. (energystar.gov)
Operations: Limit the hours that buildings are lit and climate controlled during the business week and on the weekends. Ask office cleaners and security to check for devices left on overnight and kitchen/break room appliances. Implement energy and environment education for staff training.
Computer Monitors: Install energy-saving LCD monitors and avoid using a screensaver when the computer is inactive. Instead, let the monitor switch to sleep mode or turn it off completely. Fact: Even when turned off, computers continue to draw a small amount of electricity. This standby or “phantom” power load can range from a few watts to as much as 40 watts for each piece of equipment. A great solution is to use a power strip for your computer and all supporting equipment. When turned off, a power strip will disconnect the power supply from the power source, completely eliminating standby electricity use. (energystar.gov)
For more energy tips and helpful advice for energy efficiency in your office and at home, visit massave.com.
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