Keeping your office environmentally friendly isn’t just the right thing to do, it can save you money and improve your business’s reputation. If becoming a green office sounds daunting to you, start small with these three quick and easy ways for your office to go green.
Have A Thermostat Policy
According to Energy.gov, air conditioners use 6% of the energy consumed in the United States. While you’ll want to keep your worker bees comfortable, there’s still an opportunity here to cut waste by having a clear thermostat policy.
“It’s a battle as old as time – some think it’s too hot, others think it’s too cold,” said Phil Esposito, owner of Energy Sharks, which offers green air conditioner installation in Simpsonville, South Carolina. “Be sure you have a straightforward thermostat policy for your team, including a target temperature and clarity on whether it’s allowed to make adjustments as needed. Typically it helps if a single person like an office manager oversees this.”
Energy.gov recommends setting the thermostat to 78°F when you’re home in the warmer months.
Power Down At End of Day
Also known as “phantom energy”, power used by plugged-in devices that are off can be a major energy suck. In fact, you can cut 10% off your electric bill just by unplugging devices rarely in use, according to Energy.gov. But how about devices you use on and off throughout the day like computers? “Plugged-in computers not in use are major energy suckers. We recommend powering them down at the end of the day,” said Darrell Taylor, co-owner of Gulf Coast Electrical Services in Panama City Beach, Florida. “You can even schedule your computer to boot up and power down on a schedule if you use a Mac or PC.” Taylor also recommends investing in energy- and water-efficient appliances and using compact fluorescent lightbulbs. When shopping for office appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR and WaterSense labels.
Quit The Bottle
Bottled water, that is. According to National Geographic, Americans go through 29 billion plastic water bottles a year, which require 17 barrels of crude oil to manufacture.
“By purchasing a drinking water system for your office, you can have quality water straight from the tap,” said Chris Knippa of Kinetico Water Softeners in San Antonio, Texas. “Not only does this cut down on plastic waste, non-electric systems save water and energy.”
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