United States Environmental Protection Agency, “Business and home offices use a significant amount of electricity for heating and cooling, lighting and operating equipment.” There are a variety of easy ways to cut back on wasteful energy use that make a big difference in the long run.
Unplug equipment and appliances
Although it might not seem like it, idle electronics and equipment consume significant amounts of energy. Taking the extra seconds to shut down and unplug before the next period of use can go a long way.
- Vending machines: Before your office heads out on vacation or a long weekend, consider unplugging vending machines. Make sure the contents inside don’t require refrigeration before you switch off.
- Kitchen supplies: Chances are your toaster, microwave and coffee pot don’t require constant energy use. Unplug after each use to conserve energy.
- Monitors: Computer monitors eat up plenty of energy. Adjust your settings to take advantage of sleep mode and get rid of energy-wasting screen savers.
- Fans: Don’t forget to unplug your fans after you turn them off. Even if the blades aren’t turning, energy can be leaking out.
If your office is unable to go paper-free, consider alternative ways to cut back on printing energy use. Set up double-sided printing, print in black and white as much as possible, reduce your margins to capitalize on paper space and print in draft mode to use less ink. Create online versions of lengthy documents such as employee handbooks and manuals to conserve paper, ink and energy.
Set up recycling programs
Recycling is an easy way to get the entire office involved in reducing energy and waste. Provide clearly-labeled receptacles for paper products, recyclable plastics and regular waste. Set up an e-waste program to safely dispose of old electronics.
Invest in energy-efficient lighting solutions
Keeping an office well-lit takes a toll on utilities. Consider investing in these energy-efficient practices to curtail wasteful energy use.
- Purchase fluorescent bulbs.
- Use ENERGY STAR fixtures, equipment leasing can be a great way to acquire the green equipment your office needs!
- Install additional windows and skylights for natural light.
- Set up motion-sensor lighting in less-frequented areas.
Set up telecommuting schedules
Telecommuting provides flexibility for employees and reduces office energy consumption. In addition, employees who work from home reduce their individual carbon footprint by eliminating their commute.
By collaborating with office employees, you can achieve significant reductions in energy use with small steps. Investments in energy-efficient equipment can be a worthwhile asset. If you’re considering upgrading your office space, contact Tiger Leasing for more information on affordable leasing options.