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You do not need solar panels to make electricity when the first step is to reduce your waste and SAVE money.
How does green add up?
IBM took an early eco-leadership role at the beginning of the 1990s. By encouraging employees to turn off equipment and lights when not needed, IBM estimated that it saved $17.8 million worldwide in 1991 alone. Since the majority of domestic electricity is generated by coal burning power plants, the aggregate effect of these simple changes is comparable to removing 50,000 cars from the road and avoiding over 190,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Know where you and your staff is spending money:
Computers create the largest office electricity demand, and there is a lot of wasted power in every office at every workstation every day. As an example electronic hardware uses 10% to 25% of its power even when they are turned OFF. This ‘phantom’ power is often referred to as ‘vampire’ power because it is literally sucking energy out of the wall outlet. Consider standby power reduction where appropriate. Power strips are a quick and easy solution, because they cut off the line from your outlet to the unit at the end of the day. You can also set up switches that someone can turn off at the end of the work day to shut the source power down for designated outlets and workstations with a single flip of the switch. Switching requires an electrician but it is worth the effort to create an end to phantom power waste.
The best ways to get started:
Get a free quote on an Energy Audit
Find out how much it will cost for a professional energy Audit inspector to come to your office to review and then provide a report on all of the ways that you can start saving money. The cost naturally varies on the size of your office, but a few hundred dollars for a small office could save your thousands. Many auditors also credit the cost of the inspection toward any improvements that you may need to make. Your landlord may also be willing to cover the cost or share in the cost of the audit.
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Office Equipment Checklist:
- Standby Power Reduction
- Internet Fax
- Computers and Monitors
- Vending Machines
- Printers and Copiers