27 Ways to Go Green and Be Energy Efficient in the Workplace
October is Energy Action and Awareness Month! Energy efficiency and going green in the workplace has never been easier with our list of 27 ideas.
Each year, October is designated as Energy Action and Awareness Month by the U.S. Department of Energy and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Schools, government organizations, businesses and companies alike are encouraged to raise awareness for programs and initiatives that promote an energy conscious lifestyle.
Here at Venta, we are proud to be an eco-friendly and responsible company. We have made it our mission to be a worldwide leader in clean energy and green manufacturing. Every Venta product is fully recyclable and produced in Germany using only wind-generated power. The Airwashers themselves are incredibly energy efficient, each consuming less energy than a light bulb. We strive to create a product that promotes a healthy and green lifestyle.
We want to do our part in encouraging others to be energy efficient and conscious of their environmental impact at home and at the office. We’ve put together a checklist of 27 ways you can make your workplace more energy efficient and green.
Efficient Workplace Practices
- Switch from desktop computers to laptop computers as laptops use 80% less energy than desktop computers.
- Use smart power strips which save power by automatically shutting down a product to standby mode when it detects a drop in an appliance’s power consumption.
- Have a professional energy audit done to help identify areas where you can trim down energy needs.
- While going paperless is virtually impossible in an office setting, pledge to make it a company-wide goal to reduce paper consumption by printing and copying only when necessary.
- Install motion activated lights.
- Switch out incandescent light bulbs for more energy efficient ones like CFLs and LEDs. These types of bulbs typically last longer and use about 25-80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.
- Install programmable thermostats that automatically adjust temperature when no one is occupying the office. These should also modify temperatures based on the season.
- Shut blinds during hot months to reduce cooling costs; close blinds at night during winter months to reduce on heating costs.
- Use natural lighting during daylight hours.
- Instead of large space overhead lights, use desktop or floor lamps.
- Upgrade outdated appliances to Energy Star appliances.
- Reduce business travel and large scale presentation print jobs by holding video, phone, and web conferences.
- Maintain HVAC systems; inspect and clean regularly.
- See if it’s possible to install solar panels that your office or office building can use for a clean energy source.
Efficient Employee Action
- Turn off your computer and other electronics at the end of the day.
- Choose the ‘power down’ option on electronics and other office equipment to be activated if not used for a long period of time.
- Turn off office lights and desk lamps at the end of the day.
- Unplug electronics if leaving for vacation or extended period of time to reduce phantom loads and vampire power, especially items like cell phone chargers, fans, space heaters and coffee pots.
- Pack your lunch and snacks in reusable containers. Cut down on the number of times you eat out to save money and food packaging waste.
- Keep the kitchenette stocked with reusable dishware including coffee mugs. This will save on your trips to the coffee shop each morning, which can become a very costly habit!
- Invest in a quality reusable water bottle. Reusing a BPA-free bottle throughout the day saves on plastic bottle consumption which is good for the environment and your bank account.
Green Your Commute
- Take public transportation. While excuses abound for working professionals not wanting to take public transit, it does make a difference. New York City Transit alone, reduces air pollution by 400 million pounds each year.
- Walk or bike to work. You won’t have to complain about not getting enough exercise this way!
- If you drive, drive safely, drive smart and keep your car well maintained to prevent unnecessary maintenance and fuel costs.
- Carpool with other employees.
- Telecommute or allow employees to work from home on alternate days to conserve on emissions from transportation and office operating costs
- Use a reusable coffee cup for you commute rather than buying a disposable coffee each morning.
Going green and becoming more energy conscious doesn’t have to be a process that takes over your everyday routine. Many of these suggestions are practices you already do each day. Were we missing any? How does your office practice energy efficiency? What would you add to the list? Let us know!