14 Tips for Creating an Energy Efficient Workplace
Posted by: Anna | 03/01/2016 at 02:37 PM
Ambit Energy Rates are Low, but You can Still Conserve
Ambit Energy Customers enjoy great energy rates, but that doesn’t mean they want to waste energy or spend more than they need to spend.
Outside of the home, most people spend most of their time in the workplace. Some people enjoy the benefits of working from home or owning their business, which gives them control of how much energy is used during the day. Others work in a large office setting and have less control of workplace energy use, and they may never think about the cost to their employers. That’s a mistake, though, because conservation is always a good thing.
We’ve put together a list of tips for employees and employers alike to help them conserve more and reduce the rates of operating their workplaces.
Energy Saving Tips for Employees
- If you have the option of using a laptop or desktop at your work, use a laptop. Laptops use around 80 percent less energy than a desktop computer.
- Go paperless. With email, Dropbox, cell phones, laptops and all of our other technology, using paper is almost never needed. It might be impossible to stop completely, but think twice before printing something you could review on your screen.
- Recycle whenever you can because it cuts energy use in manufacturing and procuring raw materials. Companies also pay more for garbage collection than for recycling collection—most times recycling actually costs nothing. Use your office building’s recycling program, or suggest one to your supervisor and/or property manager.
- Form a committee in your office to focus on energy awareness and saving initiatives. Meet as needed to prepare and enact initiatives as a unit or bring them before your senior leadership.
- Keep any doors leading to the exterior of your building closed when possible—especially if you have two sets of doors that can prevent air conditioning from escaping.
- If you’re the last one to leave your office, turn off all electronics and the main lights in your office at the end of the day. Even printers, copiers, and coffee makers use electricity while in sleep mode.
- Take the stairs every once in a while, and give the elevators a rest. Elevators pull hundreds of pounds constantly, which burns a lot of kilowatts.
Energy Saving Tips for Employers
- Schedule an appointment with your local provider to complete an energy audit of your workspace to point out areas of excessive energy usage.
- Check all ceilings and walls for proper insulation. Improperly insulated walls and attics are often responsible for your highest energy loss. Proper insulation will also keep your employees more comfortable.
- Keep your office temperature at 72 degrees maximum in the winter and 76 degrees minimum in the summer.
- Install motion sensors in places not occupied as frequently, such as bathrooms and conference rooms, so lights automatically turn off and on to save energy.
- Make sure kitchen appliances are updated models under Energy Star specifications. Replace any incandescent lightbulbs with LEDs.
Water your landscaping (thoroughly) only one time per week.
- If your company purchases fleet vehicles for corporate use, look into models such as gas-electric hybrids or other models with good fuel economy.
No matter what we do or where we go, we can all make a conscious effort to conserve our resources and lower our rates in the process.
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