We talk a lot about saving energy at home – but what about when you enter the workplace? Some workers might think, “Well, energy conservation at work isn’t my problem. After all, I show up and get my work done, that’s all that matters.” Well, we can’t blame you if you feel that way. But we think you should look at it differently.
For example, let’s say you’re hoping for a raise. And let’s say upper management was all ready to accept your request. But then the CFO runs into the board room and says, “Wait! You can’t agree to that raise. At least not until our electricity costs go down significantly.”
Every company wants to save money – that includes saving on the electric bill! You can help out with this by making sure you’re doing your part to cut down on energy use. Follow these tips below – who knows, maybe it’ll help you get a raise!
1. Hibernate computers at every opportunity.
You step away from your desk for a quick 2 minute bathroom break. Suddenly you get distracted in the hallway and have a conversation. What started as a quick 2 minute bathroom break turns into a 15 minute discussion – maybe even more. Modify your computer’s energy settings so that computers will go into hibernation mode after 5 minutes of inactivity, thus saving more energy in unforeseen periods of inactivity.
2. Take advantage of sunlight.
Is it sunny out there today? Why not turn off some lights and open up the blinds? Not every office is designed for optimal use of natural sunlight, but if you’re getting a good angle, turn off those lights!
3. Set the thermostat.
If you have clearance to set the office temperature, give yourself a pat on the back! You’re a big shot! But make sure you’re using the thermostat correctly for after-hours. During the summer, set the thermostat above 80 degrees before you leave for the day. During the winter, set it to between 60 and 65 degrees before you leave for the day.
4. Turn off and unplug devices at the end of the day.
If all of your devices (computer, printer, etc.) are on one power strip, turn them all off at the end of the day and then turn off the power strip. This will help prevent phantom energy waste.
5. Pass it on!
It’s great that you’re going to save energy in the office, but you’re just one person! Pass on the information to your coworkers and start encouraging them to save electricity, too. You don’t need to be pushy – keep it subtle. “Oh, you leave your computer on at the end of the day? I used to do that too. It was convenient but I realized I was probably wasting energy.”
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