Each year in the United States commercial buildings account for nearly $108 billion in energy costs, according to the Energy Information Administration. By finding ways to reduce workplace energy use, businesses can not only reduce their overall expenses but they can also decrease their greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing energy use in the workplace doesn't need to be time consuming or complicated. Offices can use these simple tips from the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program to reduce office energy use without impacting business:
- Unplug Electronics: Even if an item isn't in use, it may still be using energy. When electronics such as laptops and cell phones are plugged into outlets they continue to use energy even if they are not charging. By unplugging these items once they are charged, businesses can curb overall office energy use.
- Use Efficient Lighting: For light bulbs that last longer and use less energy, try replacing the light bulb in your desk lamp with an ENERGY STAR qualified light bulb. It's also important to turn lights off if they aren't in use.
- Reduce Computer Energy Use: Computers may a vital role in many of today's offices, but they don't have to cost money when they aren't in use. By using the ENERGY STAR power management settings on your computer, the computer is able to go into power save mode when it isn't being used. Another option is using a power strip to turn off computer equipment. This will disconnect the power supply and stop unnecessary energy use.
- Unblock Air Vents: Blocked air vents can use up to 25 percent more energy when compared to vents that have been kept clear of paper, office supplies or equipment.