Working to reduce our energy usage will not only cut costs on electricity bills but is beneficial to the environment. Even small changes in the workplace can help reduce our carbon footprint. Here are five tips on saving electricity at work:
When trying to conserve electricity in the workplace, consider swapping out your existing lighting for more energy-efficient options. Lighting used to be the largest annual use of electricity in commercial spaces, but this has changed in the past years due to the wide variety of inexpensive, energy-efficient lighting options. Not only do LEDs consume less power, but they have longer lifespans than incandescent or fluorescent lights. A quality LED bulb will last you up to 25,000 hours. In 2012, over $675 million was saved in annual energy costs in the U.S. due to the use of LEDs.
Turn Off the Lights
This one is an easy but extremely effective way to conserve electricity. Anytime you leave a room or unoccupied area, turn off the lights. Also, make sure you always turn off the lights at the end of the workday. Not only are you saving on electricity costs, but you won’t have to replace bulbs as often.
If your workplace has a lot of windows, try and make use of natural light whenever you can. Not only are you saving energy, but natural light is much more beneficial and comfortable for employees than artificial.
Turn Off Electronics
Just like your lights, you should be powering down any devices that aren’t in use. If you are leaving for the night, weekend, or a long break, power off your computer. If you can’t turn off your computer for any reason, make sure you use the hibernation feature. You should turn off printers, copiers, and other workplace appliances at the end of a workday. Even the coffee maker in the break room should be turned off and unplugged after use.
Manage Your Thermostat
According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% a year if you know how to manage your thermostat. You should adjust the thermostat to different settings when the building isn’t occupied. During the summer, set it above 80 degrees overnight and over the weekend. During the winter, set it between 60 and 65 during these times.
None of these changes takes tons of planning or time to implement, but they all make a big impact. Consider changing your workplace habits today, for a greener tomorrow.