Have you ever wondered about your office’s impact on the environment? According to the EPA, in the United States, “buildings account for 35% of total energy use and 65% of electricity consumption”. This represents a large chunk of our country’s overall energy consumption.
The tips in this article are all simple changes that you can make right now without anyone’s help to reduce your office’s energy use. They will work great with your company’s reduce, reuse and recycle policies that may already be in place. Take the initiative and get started today!
Tips to help you go green at work:
– Use a reusable coffee mug and water bottle as much as possible to avoid unnecessary waste
– Don’t use disposable stirring sticks or straws. Instead pour in your cream and sweetener first and add coffee next to have it mixed
– Turn off lights when you can in your office, the break room, bathrooms, hallways…etc (Don’t turn the lights off in stairwells as this can be a safety hazard!)
– Switch the old incandescent bulbs in your desk lamp to CFLs or LED bulbs
– Go paperless whenever possible:
- Print and write notes only when absolutely necessary
- Take some recycled paper from the bin to use for notes vs using a notepad
- Always print double sided
– Bring your lunch:
- Not going out to lunch saves on gas and money
- Reusable containers help reduce waste from paper and plastic bags
– Get into good computer energy habits by adjusting your settings to:
- Turn off display after being idle for 15 minutes
- Turn off or sleep hard drives after being idle for 15 minutes
- System standby or sleep after 30 minutes
- Put the computer to sleep with no screen saver if you’re away for a short period of time
- Turn the computer off when you leave for the day
- Switch your desktop out for a laptop if possible
Remember, every little bit counts. If everybody makes a small change in their daily habits the impact can be great. Please share this list with your friends, family and co-workers!
By: Thomas Weld
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