Energy usage in workplace starts from data centres to the computers, desktops, printers, air conditioned machines to lightings. An office space just cannot run without electricity and you can control the leaping electric bills by selecting the right equipment and diligent employees wisely. This article will tell you all about electric efficiency solutions that you can implement at your workplace to save electricity. These measures will lower the electricity bills and will reduce pollution and the excessive usage of power plants. Below given are some tips to save electricity at workplace:
- Power efficient lighting – Installation of efficient lighting management can help you save energy and money. Advanced technology has timers and motion sensors that will make you alert about turning off the lights when they are not in use. Energy wastage is mainly seen in conference rooms where often we forget to put off the program lights even if they are not being used; you can use dim lights for the entire office when the employees leave the workplace.
- Shut down computers when not in use – Not only workplace, this is also a commonly seen sequence at homes – keeping the computers on even when not in use. Make sure to power down or set to standby mode when the computer is unused. The monitors and desktop computers use energy even when the other components are not in use; thus adjust the personal settings of your computer so that the monitor gets turned off automatically when its not used for a long time. Make sure you shut down the computers, copiers, printers completely before leaving office every day.
- Programmed climate control system – Once you start using the programmed climate control systems, you will not have to worry of switching them off every time your office closes down. When the employees are not in office or it’s a holiday time, lower the temperature to 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Using zone-control thermostats is also a wise idea as they will lower the climate controlling settings when the area is not in use like for conference rooms.
- Use energy efficient office machines – Buy office equipment that have energy efficient label on it as common machines used in offices like fax machine, copiers, and printers take up hundreds of watts when they are used. Energy Star label given by the Environmental Protection Agency, states that the equipment uses less energy than the federal regulations.
- Put off other devices – Office spaces have many other devices like small machines, coffee makers, table fans, phone chargers, heating tables etc – we often tend to forget about these items and leave them on while leaving for home. Make sure you cross check your personal cabinet and also the entire office to see if all such devices are completely power down and unplugged.
- Efficient water heating system – Only the business that involves food making require water heaters for maximum water temperatures; usual corporate office just need it for hand washing purpose. Thus, you can lower the water temperature and save energy and also extend the life of the equipment and avoid plumbing troubles. Keep them switched off during holidays or night time.
- Use natural light – Avoid light usage during the day time; keep the glass windows uncovered during the day time and take advantage of natural light as much as possible. Trim down the trees and bushes near the office windows to maximise the sun exposure. You will be surprised to see how much you are saving as almost 40% of the work time will have natural day light. Keep the walls of the office in neutral or light shades; white would be the best so that it reflects the natural light on your desk.