With Earth Day quickly approaching this April, let’s take a look at some easy ways all business owners and managers can establish more energy-efficient practices at the office. Here are our top 11 tips to cut back on expenses and energy consumption at work this spring.
Ask employees for feedback regarding where efficient practices are most needed and what areas they believe can be scaled down. Encourage staff to ride bikes to work and share eco-friendly habits with the rest of the team.
Replace existing light bulbs with CFLs. Energy Star fluorescent light bulbs not only last longer, but they also use about 75 percent less energy than standard light bulbs. Install motion-sensor lights as an affordable investment that will quickly pay for itself in energy savings.
Power down computers, printers, copiers fax machines, and all other powered items when not in use. Even coffee pots and air conditioners. Completely shutting down electronics that aren’t in use can save you nearly a third in your average annual electricity expenses.
Installing skylights in office buildings allows you the option to light your space naturally, rather than relying on electricity to provide lighting. It’s also important to ensure there are plenty of windows throughout your commercial space where natural light can come through. The less energy spent on electricity, the less your utility bills will be.
The great thing about solar energy is it’s free. It’s also clean and renewable. In a place like Tampa Bay, Fla., where we enjoy an average of 246 days of sunshine, you’ll never have to worry about running out of solar energy. Solar panels are a big investment upfront, but will pay off within a few short years.
According to a study by Xerox, roughly 40 percent of office paper is discarded within 24 hours of being printed. Avoid printing when possible and when discarding paper, drinks or any other recyclable product, make sure your office has a space or container dedicated to recycling.
Using energy efficient appliances is at the top of the list when it comes to ways to reduce your energy expenses. Consider purchasing Energy Star qualified appliances, which typically come with government-sponsored rebates and green energy tax credits. Install a programmable thermostat for higher comfort control and reduced energy consumption.
Having less bodies in the office means less energy is being used and consumed. Ultimately, this can not only help employees by giving them the opportunity to remain productive and stay at home, but it also can save you on your monthly energy bill.
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