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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