Cut energy use at work

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Chuck Kelly

October is Energy Awareness Month, but what does that mean for each of us at work?  ENERGY STAR provides some great ideas through its “Bring Green to Work” program that help anyone contribute to the cause:

  1. Use the ENERGY STAR power management settings on your computer and monitor so they go into power save mode when not in use.
  2. Use a power strip as a central “turn off” point when you are using equipment to completely disconnect the power supply.
  3. Unplug electronics such as cell phones and laptops once they are charged. Adapters plugged into outlets use energy even if they are not charging.
  4. Replace the light bulb in your desk lamp with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb. It will last up to 10 times longer and use about 75 percent less energy. Turn off the lights when you leave, especially at the end of the day.
  5. Keep air vents clear of paper, files, and office supplies. It takes as much as 25 percent more energy to pump air into the workspace if the vents are blocked.
  6. Create a “Green Team” with your co-workers, help build support for energy efficiency in your workplace, and reduce office waste.

Talk with your office manager and set a goal to make your building an ENERGY STAR qualified building.

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