Saving energy around the office

While most of us don’t have our own dedicated office (or the boss pays the bill for electricity so we don’t have to watch it all that closely), there are some tricks dedicated to saving energy around the office that do not really apply to homes.

Work times

  • Take, for example, work times. They differ greatly from the times we are home. So could it be efficient to turn the heating or cooling all the down during the night, since we only work for 8 hours a day.
  • Another great trick is managing employee’s and your own work schedule. Having employees come in before or after the morning and afternoon commute can greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


  • Unplug equipment that drains energy when not in use (i.e. cell phone chargers, fans, coffeemakers, desktop printers, radios, etc.).
  • Turn off your computer and monitors at the end of the work day, if possible. If you leave your desk for an extended time, turn off your monitor.
  • Turn off photocopier at night or purchase a new copier with low standby feature. Purchase printers and fax machines with power management feature and use it.

When energy expenses exceed 10% of your monthly budget, it may be time to have a qualified professional perform an energy audit.

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