Tips

There are lots of steps that you can take to reduce your energy consumption!

  • Switch from incandescent and halogen screw-in lamps to LED screw-in lamps to save over 60% in energy costs, increase lamp life by more than 5 times, and drastically slash lamp replacement and maintenance costs.
  • Switch T8 fluorescent lamps to LED T8 linear lamps and cut energy costs in half while increasing product life by 2.5 times.
  • Upgrade High Intensity Discharge fixtures to LED fixtures to cut energy costs in half and triple product life, while saving on lamp replacement and maintenance costs.
  • Upgrade red exit signs to the green “running man” LED exit sign for long life and energy savings.
  • Install occupancy sensors and lighting controls (such as dimmers and timers) to reduce lighting costs and extend lighting life.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
  • Implement a dress code for warm weather. Allow employees to dress comfortably for warmer temperatures. Suit jackets and coats may not be necessary.
  • Install window film, solar screens or awnings on south and west facing windows.
  • Close window blinds to shade your space from direct sunlight.
  • Only heat/cool rooms that you are using.
  • Understand what equipment is using the most energy in your business. Find out what equipment could be disconnected at certain times.
  • Determine if your equipment is energy efficient. If it is over 5 to 10 years old, chances are there is more efficient equipment on the market that could save you enough energy for you to afford the replacement in a very short payback period.
  • If buying computers, consider laptops instead of desktops and buy ENERGY STAR qualified units.
  • Fight phantom electricity consumption: Unplug electronics if you’re away from work for an extended period of time – or anytime you’re not actively using them.
  • Screensavers don’t save energy: turning off computers and monitors through a power bar does.
  • A rechargeable appliance consumes while waiting; if you don’t intend to use it soon, unplug it for a spell.
  • Turn on the energy-saver option on your computer.
  • Consider using ink-jet printers which consume less energy than laser printers.
  • Use energy smart power strips that sense when equipment is not in use.
  • Electronics consume more energy if you leave them running instead of turning them on and off. Be sure to turn equipment, computers, monitors, photocopiers and appliances off when they are not in use.
  • Deciduous trees lower your energy bill all year, providing shade in summer and sunshine in winter.
  • Low-growing evergreen shrubs planted beside exterior walls help keep warmth in and winter winds out.
  • A trellis draped with vines or climbing perennials cools ground-floor windows facing west.
  • Adjust workplace schedules to reduce energy use during the day-time hours when there is the most demand for electricity.
  • Rearranging office configurations can maximize the use of available daylight in your office and save on your electricity bill.
  • Activate energy savings modes for photocopiers and printers when not in use.
  • If you can, use the stairs instead of taking an elevator – it not only saves energy, it’s good exercise.
  • Review documents on screen – do you really need to print it? Do you really need to print something 20 times? Can people share?
  • Use a hand tool (e.g., a manual pencil sharpener) if an electric alternative isn’t really needed.
  • The simplest way to see results is to train colleagues on energy saving tips such as temperature control or using natural lighting when available, and they can apply the knowledge at work and at home. Also, they may have additional suggestions to help save energy in your business.