How often have you taken out time to consider the question, “Why is it important to conserve electricity?” Don’t you think that a few steps from all of us can help in the reduction in energy bills, lessening carbon pollution and conserving energy?
The thought of saving electricity is entirely different when it comes to comparison between a house and an office. In a house there is limited number of people, so the usage can easily be monitored and controlled accordingly. But this can be quite a challenge in bigger offices and commercial spaces.
Some Measures that can work wonders
We know that there are innumerable ways through which we can save energy. Below are some of them which you may find useful and easy to implement:
- Label the switches: Sounds routine, but often people switch on every light, because no one has really paid any attention to which switch operates which light. By labeling the switches it becomes clear and easier.
- Use Energy Star devices: This includes your computer, monitor, printer and CFLs and LEDs. Using an Energy Star-certified computer can save up to 30%-65% of electricity.
- Make sure your equipment are well maintained: A properly maintained heating and cooling system works more efficiently.
- Switch off lights in unoccupied rooms: Most offices these days have store rooms, photo-copying rooms, archive rooms and kitchens. Get everyone into the habit of switching off when they leave these rooms.
- Install sensors: The next step is to install occupancy sensors.
- Refrigeration: Keep fridges reasonably full and make sure that there is enough room for the cold air to circulate.
- Blinds up and lights off: Many offices keep the blinds shut all day because of early morning glare. Switch off the lights and let the sun shine in!
- Switch to laptops: If your office is considering a computer upgrade, suggest switching to laptops inside of desktops. Laptops use much less energy than desktops.
- Avoid using screensaver: Remember screen saver use more energy than leaving your monitor in its normal state.
- Sleepy computers: When you go home at night, either switch off, or put your computer to sleep or in the hibernation mode. Make sure all the other office equipment – printers, photocopiers, fax machines, display screens and projectors are set to energy saver mode.
- Increase the temperature in the server room: The IT equipment these days are much more robust, so rather than keeping the recommended range of 18 to 27 degrees C, an average set-point of 25.5 C with a range of +/- 1.5 degrees would be more appropriate for reducing energy consumption.
- Connect emotionally: Share videos and documentaries related to this issue, through which you can demonstrate the negative effects of power wastage.
The most crucial factor in saving electricity is being consistent in our efforts. If the above measures are adopted by every individual, the amount of energy will certainly lead to the reduction in power cuts.
At the end of the day, raising awareness and knowing that “you can do something” is a powerful motivational tool. Conserving energy benefits both you and the environment; so begin now and reap the benefits for many years to come!