Energy Conservation Methods
Energy is a commodity that continues to rise in cost for both building owners and tenants alike. By following a few simple recommendations, owners and tenants can save money in regards to the cost of energy. By enlisting your employees in the effort to save energy you could save your company money.
The following are recommended measures that can help tenants keep energy costs lower in an increasingly volatile energy market:
- Reduce plug load during lunch times by turning off computers, printers and monitors not in use (a single monitor drawers about 100 watts per day; if left on overnight and on weekends it could add more than $30.00 per year to your energy bill).
- Turn off all ancillary devices to reduce plug load such as desk fans, radios and desk lamps (for every 1,000 kilowatt hours that you save by turning things off, you could save as much as $100.00).
- Turn off lighting in all areas not regularly occupied.
- Enable all energy saving features in all office equipment.
- Switch off all lighting at the end of the day.
- Switch off all business machines not needed at regular times throughout the business day.
- Wear comfortable business attire during the business day that is weather appropriate.
- When purchasing office equipment look for the Energy Star logo indicating energy efficient models.
- Turn off perimeter lighting where window lighting may be utilized.
- Consider using a central printer (if networked) and copier, and turn off all infrequently used printers and copiers.
- Close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day. This keeps the sun from warming your office further during warm weather. In contrast, keep your blinds, drapes and shades open during the winter to harness warm provided by sunlight.
- Do not block your radiators or heating vents with furniture or draperies.
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