To save electricity, it is not always necessary to purchase new appliances. It is worth having a look at the ones already installed as energy is consumed even if devices are not used. Standby losses can be avoided by applying the following recommendations:
- Reduce your standby consumption by using standby killers like: multiple sockets or an easier to use remote controlled multiple plugs for your computer. Turn your computer off when you leave the office or during long meetings or lunch breaks (more than 30 minutes).
- Don’t use a screen saver. They are not protecting your monitor but only wasting energy. Make sure power management is activated on your computer.
- Fully power off printers and copiers or other devices that don’t have to stay connected after work or during weekends.
Lighting accounts for 30 percent of the electricity use in offices. Accordingly, a lot of energy can be saved by efficient lighting but also by energy awareness of employees:
- Last one turns out the lights! Get into the habit of turning off lights when you leave a room (office, kitchen and bathroom). Check especially on evenings and weekends. Alternatively lighting controls such occupancy could be installed especially in area of infrequent use.
- Lighting reflectors and lampshades should be cleaned regularly to improve the clearance of the lighting. Daylighting sensors can also be installed which will illuminate area with appropriate lighting levels. This is particularly useful in areas with large glazing areas.
Time for a break! But please consider the following recommendations while you are relaxing:
- Turn the coffee machine off after use.
- Place your refrigerator and freezer away from heat sources and open them as little as possible. Do not put hot food in refrigerator and freezer and defrost it regularly. Adjust the thermostat of the refrigerator according to the outside temperature and the amount of food contained .i.e. high temperatures in the Winter.
- Offer more vegetarian dishes in canteens. Eat less meat for lunch. For the production of meat a lot more energy is required than for vegetables.
Choosing the right room temperature