In a world of increasing eco-consciousness and the thought that we all must do our bit to save the planet, a needless waste of electricity is never a good thing. Here are some tips to help save electricity in the workplace:
1. Last one out – turn off the lights!
It sounds ridiculous, but you don’t leave the lights on when you leave home do you? Well maybe you do, but it’s a senseless waste of energy – the same holds true in the workplace. Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you’re done for the day. After all, who needs to see your desk clutter when you’re not there?
2. Make use of natural light
Of course, you may even be blessed with huge windows and a great source of natural light – keep your windows clean and raise the blinds when possible and you may not even need to flick the lights on during brighter days – win win!
3. Power off, not standby
Many people consider leaving their monitors and computers in standby mode as a great energy saver. Well it’s true that it’s more efficient than leaving it all fully powered, but actually turning them off is even better. Sure leaving your PC on saves you time in the morning, but 16 hours on standby isn’t really necessary.
4. Fancy a brew? Make a team cuppa!
Try and coordinate your tea breaks so you only need to boil your kettle once. If everyone takes their drinks at different times, the constant reheating of water is a truly great way to waste valuable electricity.
5. Presence detector lighting
Perhaps you have a separate room that houses the printers and photocopiers – if so, it’s likely you leave the lights on all day even when there’s nobody using the equipment. Fit presence detector lighting and after a short period of inactivity, the lights will be switched off automatically – simple!
6. Reduce heating by 1 degree
Nobody likes to work in the cold, but many offices are overheated, particularly those containing lots of warm bodies – turn down the heating control by a single degree and see how much energy you can save! Cheap electricity bills are not common these days, so don’t waste energy!
7. Avoid screen savers
They may look pretty or ‘cool’, but screen savers gobble up power. If you’re away from your desk, switch your monitor off or power down; after all, you’re not there to see all that energy being wasted anyway are you?
8. Energy efficient light bulbs
They sometimes get a bad press, but energy efficient bulbs really do save an awful lot of electricity. Make it a practice to install them wherever possible and you’ll find the savings mount up rapidly.
9. Stay cool – the natural way
We’ve all been trapped in boiling hot offices in the height of summer; it’s not a pleasant experience. However, rather than arraying fans at every conceivable angle, close the blinds, open any windows that you can, and help cool the room the natural way. If you do need to employ a fan, again make sure it’s switched off when you’re out to lunch or at a meeting.
With a little careful thought and some common sense, it’s relatively easy to cut down on your electricity and energy consumption – if your workplace runs a scheme rewarding efficiency and a “greener” environment, you can even incentivise your colleagues and staff to improve their habits along the way!