- Ways to Save
Office Equipment Savings
Small changes can add up to big savings. Try following the simple tips below to save on utility costs at your business each month.
- To conserve energy and reduce internal heat gain, turn off computers, monitors, printers and copiers during non-business hours.
- To save energy during periods of inactivity, ensure that the built-in power management system for your office equipment is active.
- Ensure your screen saver is compatible with the computer's power management features, and that the setup allows the system to go into power saver mode.
- According to E-Source, using a laptop computer instead of a desk-top system can save 80-90 percent in electrical cost.
- The ENERGY STAR® office equipment program promotes energy-efficient computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, scanners, copiers and multi-function devices that automatically power down during extended inactivity. Energy saving of 50 percent or more is possible.
- Install plug load controllers in cubicles to control multiple loads like monitors, task lights and fans. These devices use a motion sensor that is incorporated with a plug load surge suppressor. Inactive equipment can be shut down when the cubicle is unoccupied.
- Specify ENERGY STAR equipment when purchasing or negotiating a contract for new vending machines. ENERGY STAR vending machines incorporate energy efficient compressors with refrigeration and lighting controls. Efficient vending equipment can save 30-50 percent over older equipment.
- Turn equipment off overnight and on the weekends, such as break room coffee makers and cubicle task lights, which are notorious weekend energy consumers.
- Remove desk space heaters.