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Energy Saving Office Tips
Turn off PCs, monitors, printers and copiers nightly and on weekends. If unable to switch off the entire computer, turn off the monitor and printer. Don't use screen savers.
- When buying PCs, monitors, printers, fadx machines and copiers, consider buying Energy Star® models that can switch to a power-saving mode when not in use.
- Use a laptop computer instead of a desktop computer. The laptop will consume 90 percent less energy.
- An ink-jet printer consumes 90 percent less energy than a laser printer.
Weather-Strip, Caulk and Shade
- Install weather-stripping around exterior doors and operable windows, and around doors between cooled and uncooled spaces.
- Install door bottoms and thresholds to seal gaps beneath exterior doors and doors to uncooled spaces.
- Install window treatments: shade screens, shades, awnings or overhangs.
- If exterior treatments are not feasible, consider interior window film, insulated drapes, valances, blinds or removable insulation material.
- Caulk cracks and gaps around windows and doors, in the building foundation and between different building materials.
- Repair roof leaks. Insulation loses effectiveness when wet.
- Repair and maintain weather-stripping.
- Keep doors between cooled and uncooled spaces closed. Install automatic door closers if needed.
- Turn off non-essential and decorative lighting, especially in unoccupied areas.
- Replace flickering, dim and burned out lamps.
- Clean fixtures and diffusers as often as necessary.
- Color-code or mark light switches and circuit breakers that can be turned off when not needed.
- Use task lighting to directly illuminate work areas.
- Lower the height of light fixtures if possible to increase usable light.
- Replace burned out lamps with lower wattage lamps or energy-saving lamps.
- Replace T12 lighting systems with T8 energy efficient fixtures.
- Install high-pressure sodium fixtures in parking lots.
- Install time clocks or photoelectric cells to control exterior lighting, advertising sign lighting and some interior lighting.
- Paint dark walls and ceilings with lighter colors to maximize the effect of existing light sources.
- Use natural lighting when possible.
- Install dimmer or occupancy switches where appropriate to lower energy use in stairwells, copy rooms and restrooms.
- Schedule janitorial services during the day, or use a minimum number of lights when cleaning.
- Color-code switches that should remain off when crews are cleaning.
- Trim bushes and trees away from outdoor lighting to maximize illumination and prevent shadows.
- Implement a group re-lamping schedule, and re-lamp at 70 percent of rated lamp life. Lamps that run longer than 70 percent of their rated life actually cost more in terms of energy use.