How many illuminated light bulbs can you see from where you are sitting right now?
… How many computer screens are turned on?
… How many TV monitors?
… Mobile devices?
Surrounded by technology, we need energy to fuel our society, illuminate our workplaces and power our devices. “National Energy Awareness Month” was officially put into practice by President George H.W. Bush 23 years ago. We use this month to acknowledge power usage throughout the United States as well as implement tips and tricks to save energy so we can be good stewards of the earth.
Here are 10 super simple energy saving tips for your workplace:
1. Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms
2. Blinds Up – Lights off
3. Turn computers to sleep mode (or off) before you leave for the day
4. Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling the office
5. Print double-sided instead of single-sided
6. Send memos and reminders by email instead of printing on paper
7. If possible, turn air conditioning off for the last hour of every work day
8. Unplug pieces of machinery that are not actively used (machines that are not in use, but still plugged in, pull electrical current)
9. Make sure air vents are clear of blockages – having to pump air past large boxes or even piles of paper takes as much as 25% more energy
10. Recycle paper, ink cartridges, metal cans, glass and plastics!
Let’s make a collective effort to conserve energy and care for the world we live in!