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Use Less Energy at Work

  • Have an energy meeting with your employees and co-workers to discuss ways to save energy.
  • Performing a professional energy audit of your business is a good method to find new ways to save energy. 
  • Turn off all the office and building lights at the end of the day to enjoy big energy savings. 
  • Install automatic room-lighting controls that will turn lights on or off depending on occupancy or time of day is an economical way to save energy. 
  • Make sure that bulbs, fixtures, lenses, lamps and reflective surfaces are cleaned regularly. By removing grease, dust and other dirt, you can increase the output of your lights. 
  • Install motion-sensor switches on lights in bathrooms, storage rooms and other little-used areas to save energy. 
  • Remind others to turn out the lights and turn off equipment when they leave. 
  • While maintaining safe lighting conditions for work areas, remove lamps where you have more lighting than you really need. 
  • Use task lighting instead of overhead lighting, and light only those areas that are needed at the time. Providing the right lighting can save up to 15 percent on your lighting bill. 
  • Recessed can-lights typically use 75 or 100 watt incandescent floodlight bulbs. Replace them with 50 watt halogen floodlight bulbs for a 50 to 100 percent energy savings. They cost more but have a longer bulb life. 
  • For really big energy savings, replace the incandescent floodlight bulbs with the new compact fluorescent lamps. 
  • If you have a flat-roofed building, installing skylights for natural lighting is one of the best ways to save energy. 
  • An easy way to save energy is to install programmable thermostats in your office or business. 
  • Among the many ways to save energy, one of the simplest is to install a locked cover over the thermostat. This will prevent employees from changing the settings and maintain a steady temperature. 
  • Wrap the hot water tank at work with insulation to reduce heat loss from the tank. 
  • Keeping your exterior and freight doors closed as much as possible is one of the important ways to save energy. 
  • When buying or replacing computers, copiers and other office equipment, compare the energy requirements of various models and buy energy efficient equipment. 
  • An important way to save energy is to carefully evaluate energy consumption, when buying or replacing industrial equipment. 
  • Install ceiling and wall insulation in your business. You'll save money on your monthly utility bills and your employees will be more comfortable. 
  • Consider having employees use lap top computers since they use up to 80 percent less energy than a standard desktop computer. 
  • One of the smartest ways to save energy is to turn off your computers, printers, monitors and any other office equipment when not in use, especially overnight and on weekends.
  • "Smart" power strips are being available that sense the presence or absence of office workers and turn the attached equipment on and off accordingly.