According to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings and offices are responsible for nearly 20 percent of the country's energy usage. Keeping the following tips in mind can make the office a bit greener, saving money as well as the planet:
1. To cut energy use, control the climate and install programmable thermostats.
2. Use modern lighting management systems and sensory detection that will allow lighting to be controlled in accordance with use. If the break room is empty, for instance, the lights will turn off until the room is in use again. Motion sensor lighting systems with timers will automatically switch lights off after work or when the last person exits the office.
3. Program computers, printers and copy machines to automatically hibernate, standby or shut down after use.
4. If desk lamps are used, purchase ones that utilize energy-efficient fluorescent light.
5. Unless a business is in the food industry, turn the water heater down by 10 degrees Fahrenheit to save an additional 3 to 5 percent on energy bills. The water will still be hot, but the slightly lowered temperature will reduce long-term plumbing maintenance in addition to energy costs.
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