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Save 10 - At Work
When you save energy in the work place, you free up resources to be used in other areas of operations. When an employee decreases energy consumption, it reduces the amount of money that is spent on utilities, which means that the funds can be spent elsewhere on other programs.
There are several ways that you can reduce the amount of energy that you consume while fulfilling your duties. The following are some tips for saving energy in the work place.
- Turn off lights behind you in unoccupied areas. Boardrooms, storage closets, coffee rooms and washrooms are rarely used 8 hours of the day. Turn off lights behind you when you leave your office. Make sure all lights are switched off at the end of the work day. It costs $225.00 per year to run one standard 2-tube fluorescent office light 24 hours a day for one year. It only costs $55.00 to run the same light during regular office hours*.
- Turn off computers and all other office equipment when not in use. At a minimum, make sure that your computer is turned off before you go home. Turning your computer off at the end of the day can save up to $1500.00 a year per computer. When you leave your desk for meetings, breaks and for lunch, turn off your monitor. This simple action can save an additional $125.00 a year.
- Make sure photocopiers, printers and all other office equipment has the sleep or hibernation mode enabled. Also be sure to turn these devices off at the end of the day.
- Report all maintenance issues to building managers immediately. Something as simple as a running toilet can cost thousands of dollars a year in wasted water. Broken windows, worn out weather strip and faulty door closers cause significant air leakage and heat loss.
- Control temperature in buildings with thermostats and other controls. Do not open windows and doors to cool down your building. Depending on the location of the thermostat in your building, you may actually be making the building warmer by opening the window. Instead of opening windows and doors, call your building manager if your building is not comfortable.
- On hot, sunny summer days, close blinds to reduce thermal gain.