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Energy Saving Solutions

Energy Solutions - Work

Take action right now: Go to the control panel settings of your computer and put it into energy-saving mode. Turn out any unneeded lights, or lower lights to a more pleasing level with a dimmer. Use curtains, shades and other passive solar methods to adjust the light where you are - you may not need artificial light at all.

  • COMPUTERS : Most manufacturers have equipment that powers down when not in use. Make sure your power management feature is enabled and set to the shortest acceptable time. Also, laptops use less energy than desktops.
  • MONITORS: These have the biggest savings potential. Although most monitors are designed, like computers, to power down when not in use, be aware that most screen savers available in the market actually prevent the monitor from going into sleep mode. To avoid this, make sure screen savers are compatible with the monitor's power management feature. Also, turn off monitors at night and during the weekends. This reduces energy costs as well as extends the life of the product. When buying a new monitor, select the smallest monitor that suits your operation. Generally, a larger monitor equals a higher energy cost.
  • PRINTERS: Select equipment that goes into sleep mode when not in use. Also, networking one printer for several users not only reduces utility bills, it means purchasing fewer printers and lowering capital expenditures.
  • FACSIMILE MACHINES: These around the clock sentries have an energy savings potential of up to 50% when set for sleep mode. It saves money and will not interfere with receiving faxes.
  • COPIERS: Turn off copiers at night and during the weekends. Purchase copiers that turn off automatically after a period of inactivity and expect annual electricity costs to plummet by more than 60%.

Too "plugged in" at home and the office

The economic boom in America 's consumer-oriented society, the growth of new technologies, the rise of the internet and the changing workforce have dramatically increased the number of products that require power in the home and office. Computer equipment is the fastest growing electric load in the world. Unfortunately, much of the energy for computers is wasted because they are often kept on while not in use. In fact, most idle appliances TVs, VCRs, cable boxes, CD players, cassette decks, cordless phones, burglar alarms, microwaves continue to consume energy when switched off. This energy keeps display clocks lit and memory chips and remote controls working. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory calculates that these energy "leaks" account for 5% of total domestic energy consumption, cost more than $3 billion annually, and spew 18 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Idle TVs and VCRs alone cost U.S. consumers more than $1 billion a year, or some $30 per household. Emissions from power plants supplying that electricity are equal to the pollution caused by 2 million cars! New technology in TVs and VCRs bearing the Energy Star label will reduce wasted energy by up to 75%.

  • Activate your Energy Star "sleep" feature on office equipment (PC, fax, printer, scanner) so that it automatically powers down when not in use to save up to $70 annually in electricity bills and improve product longevity.

Energy consciousness tip

  • Turning off your computer during long periods of non-use cuts costs and improves longevity.

No cost options

  • Turn up or turn back thermostats during unoccupied time. Expect a 3% savings on the monthly bill for every degree turned back during heating season. Turn off lights and office equipment at night and over the weekend.
  • Take advantage of daylight. Use e-mail instead of paper memos. Disconnect unnecessary equipment such as unused freezers, water heaters and transformers.

Low-cost options

  • Caulk and weather-strip windows and doors.
  • Replace light bulbs with more efficient ones.
  • Install occupancy sensors in areas such as conference rooms and storage rooms.
  • Install timers on electric water heaters or other equipment.
  • Install awnings or shades to keep out the summer sun and lower air-conditioning costs.
  • Fix leaking faucets, showerheads, pipes and toilets.

Source: EPA Energy Star @ Small Business Guide ENERGY STAR Small Business is an EPA program designed by and for small businesses and their advocates to help companies save money through energy efficiency.

Every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity you avoid using saves more than 1-1/2 pounds of CO 2 from being pumped into the atmosphere. If over the next 15 years, Americans bought only Energy Star products, we would shrink our energy bills by more than $100 billion and eliminate as much greenhouse gas pollution as is produced by 17 million cars for each of those 15 years!