How to save electricity at work
Energy consumption has reached an all time high in the United States. As of 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy estimated that commercial buildings consumed almost 20 percent of the total energy used in the U.S. An office manager or business owner looking to reduce the office's energy use can invest in a variety of procedural and equipment changes.
Cutting energy use with more efficient technology can be a benefit for the office both socially and economically. Here are a few effective steps to saving electricity at work.
1. Switch from incandescent light bulbs to LEDs. An LED light bulb may cost more initially than an incandescent bulb, however it offers cost and energy savings in the long run. An LED light bulb uses 75 percent less energy than traditional light bulbs and lasts six times longer. It will save about $6 a year in electricity costs and approximately $40 over the lifetime of the longer lasting bulb.
2. Put LED lights on a lighting management system. Using timers and motion sensors, the lights in an office building can turn themselves off when no one is using a space. Prioritize upgrading lighting to heavy-traffic areas, such as conference rooms, hallways and bathrooms, which can easily save an office a few thousand dollars in electricity costs over time.