Energy Efficient Checklist For Your Office

Whether you own a small home-based business, a brick-and-mortar commercial building, or you rent office space, you are probably aware of how much energy your business consumes (or wastes) while trying to keep your equipment running proficiently—especially when you consider the amount of power still flowing through the outlets after you turn off your devices but leave them plugged in.

With printers, fax machines, copiers, computers, laptops, and all the other little gadgets we use for work like PDAs, tablets, chargers, etc., it’s no wonder the costs of powering an office can stress your budget. Add to that lighting, water, heat, cooling, etc., and your energy costs suddenly go through the roof.

Knowing this, unless you find a way to lessen the power consumption in your office, not only will you incur more expenses and waste more energy, but you will find yourself in a vicious cycle of “waste and spend.”

To make certain you are doing everything possible to conserve power, follow this energy-efficient checklist for your office:

1. Remember to turn off lights when the office is not in use.

As obvious as this may seem, at some point or another, everyone forgets to turn off the lights when leaving the room. This only wastes valuable energy. Perhaps you might consider installing motion-activated lights throughout the office.

2. Consider upgrading your light fixtures.

Without a doubt, LED and fluorescent lighting are more energy-efficient and are a better choice for lighting. Using them will make a tremendous difference in energy consumption—as will using more energy-saving light bulbs. Also, if there are any EXIT signs around the office, you’ll want to upgrade them as well.

3. Make sure windows and doors are air-tight.

It’s amazing how much heat and cool air escapes through these tiny spaces, causing unnecessary energy waste. So check your windows and doors for leaks. If you find any that cannot be remedied by the simple use of weather-stripping or caulking, then you may want to consider replacing your windows with a more energy-efficient brand.

A 7-Point Energy Efficient Checklist For Your Office

4. Cover the windows to keep the sun out.

If your office has many windows, the summer months can become very hot, forcing you to use more air conditioning, which in turn can become quite expensive. To offset office costs, use blinds or solar window films to help.

5. Make sure toilets, faucets, and sinks are not leaking.

And if there is a kitchen in your office, check that as well. Unattended leaks can bring a lot of unexpected costs, so be sure to check your water heaters and insulate them if needed. Even better, contemplate installing tankless water heaters to reduce waste and save water.

6. Adhere to the recommended power management of your computers.

While this may not sound like much, it will matter in the end. Use the power management settings on the equipment to auto-turn them off when they are not in use—or turn them off manually. Choose settings that will force your equipment into a hibernating state when the system is inactive for a prolonged period of time.

And if you’re using screen savers, STOP! They are no longer cool when it comes to energy conservation.

Lastly, if your office uses power strips (which is a good thing), turn them off and unplug them as well when the equipment is not in use.

7. When replacing your equipment, use Energy Star products.

Energy Star products use a lot less electricity than standard products. According to Energy Star, “… certified office equipment – from computers and monitors to imaging equipment, such as printers and copiers – save energy through efficient design and power management options. They use less energy to perform regular tasks, and when not in use, automatically enter a low-power mode.” So as you replace your equipment, use Energy Star products to ensure efficient energy flow throughout your office.