Twenty Ways to Cut Energy Costs in Your Office

Energy costs are constantly on the rise. Electric bills and gasoline costs seem to go up with each month’s bill. Being eco-friendly is not only good for the environment, but it can help your company’s bottom line as well. The less you spend on energy, the more you can invest in your business.

Here are a few tips for saving energy in your office:

1. Try turning the thermostat up or down a degree or two and see if the office is still comfortable.

2. Install programmable thermostats so heat and air will come on a short time before you enter the office and click off automatically when you leave.

3. Replace filters on a regular basis and make sure all other routine maintenance is being done on heating and air conditioning units. Consider replacing old units if they’re requiring a lot of repairs. A new unit can save you money in the long run by running more efficiently.

4. Check the insulation in your building. If you work in an older building you might save money by having additional insulation placed in the attic or ceiling.

5. If a specific room or part of the office stays too cold or too warm, try using a space heater or adding a ceiling fan.

6. Turn off all computer equipment at night including printers and other peripheral components. Connect them all to one power strip so they can be turned off with one switch.

7. Keep shredders and other equipment turned off or unplugged when not in use. This can include coffee makers, phone chargers, printers, etc.

8. Make sure copiers automatically go into “sleep” energy saving mode when they’re not being used.

9. Turn out the lights when you leave for the day. Keep kitchen and bathroom lights off when not in use.

10. Switch to compact florescent bulbs. They last longer and are cheaper to use than incandescent.

11. Request that someone from the electric company come to your office and perform an audit. They can suggest a plan to reduce energy usage.

12. Recycle. Paper is used in large quantities in almost every office. Try to reuse the back side of paper for notes. Save used paper and take it to a recycling center. Mail used toner cartridges back to the copier supplier or take them to stores like Staples that offer rewards for recycling. Save cans and other items in the office kitchen that can be recycled.

13. Read newspapers and journals online instead of buying the paper versions.

14. When you buy new office equipment, make sure it has the Energy Star label.

15. Consolidate office errands into one trip. Instead of running to the bank one day, and then the next day going to the office supply store, schedule all errands to be run at the same time.

16. Whenever possible, shop from stores that deliver products to your office.

17. Consider using a laptop computer when possible. They use less energy than desktop models as well as being more mobile.

18. Encourage employees to car pool. If your company supplies office vehicles, look into switching to hybrid models.

19. Hold tele-conferences instead of driving across town for meetings.

20. Let your employees work from home when possible. If not all the time, perhaps one or two days a week. This saves electricity in the office plus the fuel they use driving to work.

The changes might seem insignificant one by one, but they’ll add up through the year. Plus, once you start taking small steps, it changes everyone’s thinking to look for more ways to cut back on energy costs.

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