In an era when conserving energy is crucial for the generations to come, educating ourselves on how to save energy costs most effectively is something we should all strive for. It does not matter whether you are in your home or in your office, you need to do everything you can to save energy. In order to make everything easier, here is a list of the ways to conserve energy at your office.
The first thing is to remember to turn off the light whenever you are not in the room. The second thing is motion-activated lights which turn on only when someone enters the area. When it comes to energy-efficient lighting, light emitting diode (LED) and compact fluorescent lights (CFL) are the ones you are looking for. LEDs can last up to 10 times as long as compact fluorescents and even longer than typical incandescents. These bulbs do not heat up the room which is another way of saving energy. LEDs use from 1/3d to 1/30th watts of electricity than the regular bulbs. CFLs are four times more efficient than incandescents. CFLs use 1/3d the electricity of the incandescents. Over the lifetime of, a CFL bulb will save 570 kWh.
Moving servers to the Cloud
When it comes to the energy impact of the Cloud, a cloud-based solution uses smaller number of cloud servers which have high efficiency. The cloud-system can reduce direct energy for servers by 70-90%. A cloud-based cooling system is also more efficient than the traditional solution. It reduces energy for server cooling by 70-90% as well. According to Google, moving all office workers to the cloud could reduce energy by up to 87%.
Rethinking paper use
Firstly, senior managers can get a task of rethinking paper use. Distribute a questionnaire to your office workers in order to find out how much paper they use and where you can cut down paper use most efficiently. Use mail instead of paper and faxes and do not print mail messages. Reuse paper by printing something on the paper already printed on one side. Purchase printers which can print on both sides. Use recycled paper. When buying recycled paper, make sure it contains minimum 30% of postconsumer recycled content for uncoated paper or minimum 10% of postconsumer recycled content for coated paper. Buy only chlorine-free paper.
Turn off the computer, the printers and the copiers whenever you can. Turn off the monitor if you are not going to use it for more than 20 minutes. Purchase energy star model computers, monitors, printers, copiers and fax machines. Energy star models automatically power down if they are not used for a period of time. Using energy-efficient equipment can reduce the energy cost by 50%. Did you know that laptops use 90% less energy than desktop computers? Inkjet printers use 90% less energy than laser printers. Liquid crystal displays use less energy than traditional monitors. Bear in mind that screensavers do not save energy. You can use plug-in timers for the copiers and printers which automatically turn them off at the power source at certain times of day.
Install self-adhesive thermal strips around doors and windows. These strips are not expensive at all, but they can considerably reduce draught leading to less heat loss. Automatic closures for external doors are good solutions as well. Using rugs on the floor reduces the energy cost by 4-6%. You can find a thousand of rugs online. Have you heard about plug-in radiant electrical floor heating which is placed under your rug? Install floor insulation.
Controlled sun exposure during the summer
Reduce energy during summer by cutting down on the use of air conditioning system. By putting solar window films, blinds and awnings, you can reduce the use of air conditioning system. You can also consider buying an energy-efficient mode of an air conditioner. Have you heard about roof-top air conditioning systems with the cooling power of ice which make the ice at night and then provide your air conditioners with ice water during a day? You can save energy by 95% by using this system. If the summers are not too hot, you can use fans for cooling instead of an air conditioner. Another cost-effective cooling strategy is using evaporative coolers. The good thing about evaporative coolers is that they do not recirculate the air, they provide the fresh air from the outside. Finally, use natural ventilation.
You are maybe not able to save energy in all of these ways we proposed. However, there are always free ways to do it. With using mails instead of paper, turning off the light or a computer, you are one step further to make this world a better place to live.
Diana Smith, the author of this article is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls.
Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.
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