When it comes to being energy efficient, everyone has to do our part. If you own a business and are looking to do this, it probably seems like a daunting process to you. The good news is that there are steps that you can take right now to make your business more energy efficient. It is not as difficult as you might think. There are at least six clever and simply ways to conserve the energy of our planet and still run a profitable business. Here are some tips:
Replace your desktops with laptops.
The only easy way to see this would be that desktops are not only archaic and out-of-date, but they also use up a lot of energy too. Laptops are much more efficient simply because they can do everything a desktop can do at a fraction of the energy. The only reason to get a desktop nowadays would be if you are running really high processes, but even then rest assured laptops are getting more and more powerful all the time.
If your business uses appliances, make sure all of them are Energy Star rated.
“Having Energy Star equipment is definitely an important step towards keeping our planet as green as possible for as long as possible,” says Ollie Smith, CEO of Energy Seek. Having this rating means that it is backed by the EPA and is safe for use. This label also can be applied to a variety of machines, including computers, monitors, scanners, fax machines and now even vending machines.
Put all of your electronics on sleep mode.
Generally, most of your electronics will already have an automatic power-saving feature. However, this is not a given. For those that don’t, you should program them so that they go into sleep when they have not been used for a certain period of time.
Research (and fully understand) the concept of “phantom energy loss” and how to prevent it.
The concept of “phantom energy loss” is the principle that most devices still utilize energy even when they are turned off or in sleep mode. Such devices as a laptop, hair dryer, toaster or some other machine type can all draw on valuable energy when they remain plugged in. The simple solution? Simply unplug them. Alternately, there are “smart” power strips that you can purchase that will automatically shut these devices off after a certain period of time.
Update your office lighting system.
There is such a thing as excessive office lighting. There is also such a thing as outdated and inefficient office lighting. These items need to be replaced with better lighting options, such as replacing incandescent bulbs with LED options. This lighting can also become more energy efficient by reinforcing it with dimming and an auto shut-off feature if possible. Of course, not neglecting the basics is important too. Shutting off lights when not in use, utilizing natural light and minimizing outdoor lights will all contribute to a more energy-efficient workplace.
Upgrade the refrigerator in your break room.
Finally, does your office have a break room? If so, then chances are it has a refrigerator in it. This is an oft-overlooked appliance simply because it can be a high expense for many businesses. However, purchasing a new one is well-worth the initial hurt. The newer refrigerators are much more energy efficient than previous years, and you will definitely recoup your money in energy savings in just a few years.
These are just a few of the ideas you can utilize to make your business more energy efficient. However, there are plenty of other ideas as well. Do your research and you will definitely find more considerations.