It takes a lot to successfully run a company, from guts to smarts to plenty of funding. Even though guts may come naturally and smarts usually take time and experience to acquire, today’s energy efficient offices conserve money in more ways than you might think – which means you get to spend more on the things that matter most to your business.
Saving energy in the office is one of the easiest ways to save money and support the environment, as well. Learn how you can make a difference to both our planet and your bottom line with three easy, office energy saving tips from ServiceMaster Cleanf.
Easy, Office Energy Saving Tips
- Replace your light bulbs.
If your lightbulbs aren’t already energy efficient, replace them with ENERGY STAR®-qualified light bulbs, which includes compact florescent lamps (CFLs). These bulbs use about 70% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last longer. You read that right – you’ll be saving money on energy bills and saving money at the store when you go CFL. While LED lights are even more energy efficient, they tend to be more cost-prohibitive for businesses. You can encourage employees with desk lamps to use LED lights or calculate whether the longevity of LED lights is worth the initial investment.
For additional savings, remind employees to turn off the lights in rooms that aren’t in use. Open blinds and use natural lighting as often as you can during the day to keep energy use down even more.
- Turn off computers when not in use.
One of the most commonly missed office energy saving tips is turning off equipment at the end of the day or during periods of low usage. During the day, ask employees to use the hibernation feature on their computers if they step away from their desks. This mode reduces the energy emitted from the monitors and computer itself. You can also shut down computers completely before closing each day for more savings.
Keep in mind that even when electronics aren’t in use, they still use energy if they’re plugged in. If your office is going on a long holiday break, unplug energy-sucking equipment like printers, microwaves, coffee machines, vending machines, lights and more.
- Go paperless as often as you can.
Set up systems that allow employees to work electronically as often as possible, and only print things when it’s absolutely necessary. This will not only prolong the life of your printer, paper and ink/toner, but also help reduce your energy costs and protect against deforestation in one fell swoop.
If you must print a document, print it in black and white. You’ll save money on printer ink or toner and help keep excess consumables, including toner cartridges, from filling the world’s landfills. Also consider using copy paper with the highest percentage of recycled paper content and utilizing local recycling services for your office’s waste paper.
If you’re ready to make these three easy changes to save energy in the office, there’s no better time to start than now. Gather your staff to explain how you can all make a difference both in the workplace and in the world. Soon, you’ll see the cost savings accumulate, and you can feel good knowing that your business is acting as a responsible corporate citizen, even as you save money.
For more office advice or support, contact your local ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services business.