Energy Efficiency Tips at Work
- Set programmable thermostats to turn heating on 30 minutes before people arrive, and off 30 to 60 minutes before they leave. Set them no higher than 68°F during occupied periods in the winter.
- Turn off lights in offices, conference areas, and lunchrooms when rooms are not in use.
- Use task lighting instead of overhead lighting. Replace high-use incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs use 75% less electricity to produce the same amount of light.
- Dress comfortably for the weather. Adjust your layers before adjusting the thermostat.
- Keep windows and doors closed to prevent loss of heated air. Open your drapes and shades during the day to allow the sun to warm your office.
- Encourage your employer to regularly perform maintenance on heating and ventilation systems to keep them running efficiently.
- Unplug electronic devices when they are not in use. Plug everything into a power strip and switch it off after shutting down equipment.
- Close drapes and shades to limit the amount of heat that escapes.
- Set thermostats no higher than 63°F during off-work hours.
- Turn off all printers, copiers, fax machines, kitchen equipment, and lights.
- Shut down computers when possible. Be sure to turn off monitors.
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