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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

14 ways to save energy at the work place

Workplace energy saving tips
Blocked radiators are less efficient
Saving energy at the workplace not only helps you save money and lessen carbon pollution, but also enables you to improve the profitability of your business. If you are looking for better ways to save money at the workplace, the following smart tips can guide you.

1. Control your heating and cooling

During winter, make sure the heating temperatures are set below 19⁰C in the office and other working areas. Keep all windows and doors closed while heating is on to prevent heated air from escaping and cold air from coming in. In the hot months of summer, always turn off the heater and open up the curtains or blinds during the day.

2. Do not heat unused spaces

Avoid heating unused spaces such as stores and corridors.

3. Carry out repairs

Report any factors that may interfere with comfort levels such as draughty doors and windows. Simple repairs can help you save energy and improve user comfort.

4. Do not block your radiators

Avoid blocking your radiators with desks, chairs or other types of furniture as this affects the heat available in the room.

5. Replace your heating systems

If your air conditioning unit or heater is old or damaged beyond repair, consider replacing with an energy-efficient one.

6. Switch off the lights in unused rooms

Switch off the lights in unoccupied rooms such as meeting rooms, washrooms, and archive stores. In addition, you should always switch off the lights when they are not in use and when leaving the workplace in the evening. You can also install seven-day timers to ensure that appliances such as photocopiers, computers, faxes, printers, and scanners are turn off automatically overnight and on weekends.

7. Use energy-saving lights

Replace all incandescent task lights with energy-saving lights such as compact fluorescent bulbs or tubes

8. Install sensors

If you can, install daylight and occupancy sensors to turn the lights on and off automatically

9. Clean dusty lights

Clean dusty lights and diffusers every 6 to 12 months

10. Turn off unused equipment

Always switch off printers, computers, and photocopiers when not in use
When buying electrical equipment for your office, make sure you buy energy-efficient  products. Computers and laptops with sleep mode consume up to about 85% less energy than their conventional counterparts.

11. Use both sides of your papers

When printing or photocopying, make double-sided copies to minimize usage of the machines, reduce paper costs, and save the trees and forests that play a major role in purifying the air we breathe.

12. Maintain your equipment regularly

Make sure all your electric appliances are maintained properly at all times. Through this, you will be able to save energy and running costs in the long run.

13. Use power strips

Plug all your electric appliances into power strips. This enables you to easily turn all of them off when not in use. To be on the safe side, buy smart power strips as they are capable of sensing and switching off appliances that are not in use.

14. Donate or recycle your old appliances

When replacing your old appliances with new ones, do not throw them away carelessly. Instead, donate them to organizations, hospitals, or schools that may need them. If they are too old and cannot be used in any way, consider recycling them.

About the author: Leslie writes for www.claddaghoil.com who supply heating oil in Ireland.

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