How to be Energy Efficient at Work
We all have our part to play in saving the environment and conservative energy usage is key. It’s important to remember that every little bit of energy you can save will be of benefit to the environment. And while it’s easy to control your power usage at how, staying green at work can be a bit more difficult. But there are some things you can do to cut back on your energy usage at work.
Choose Public Transport
Your journey to a more energy-efficient workday begins the second you step out the door. While it can be more convenient to travel by car, public transport reduces carbon emissions. On average, a full bus of commuters means there are between 40 to 50 fewer cars on the road.
If public transport isn’t an option in your area, you can also consider carpooling. Carpool with family or friends who work nearby or even with colleagues. While this isn’t as effective as using public transport, it can still reduce your carbon emissions.
Small changes to our work habits can make a significant difference in the amount of power we use. Take a look around your office and note what is using power. This could include lights and your computer.
Then consider whether you need to have that device turned on all day. For instance, many offices receive sufficient natural lighting. It may not be necessary to turn on the lights in your office until it is dark outside. While it may seem like a small thing, lighting can use up a lot of energy.
Additionally, at the end of the day, ensure that you not only shut down your computer and other devices but also switch them off at the outlet. Devices that are left in standby mode continue to use power, even though they may seem to be doing nothing.
Pair your newfound energy-efficiency habits with resource conservation as well. By reducing the amount of resources you use, you indirectly save energy. For instance, choosing to work digitally, rather than on paper, means less paper needs to be made. As a result, fewer trees need to be cut down and processed, so energy is saved.
Encourage your Co-Workers and Employer to make Energy-Efficient Choices
Even the efforts of one person can make a difference to the environment. The impact will be far greater though if you can encourage your co-workers to do their part too.
Talk to your colleagues and employer about the benefits of being energy efficient, like saving the environment and reducing running costs for the business. If possible, have a commercial electrician complete an energy audit to give a detailed analysis of how the business uses power.
You can also make joint steps together as a company. For instance, you could speak with your employer about updating outdated technology, like computers and printers. While these devices may still work okay, they may also be a drain on the business’ power. An energy audit can help you find out exactly which devices are in need of replacing.
Similarly, you and your colleagues can commit to making greener choices at work. This can include bringing food from home rather than purchasing it and needing to use non-recyclable packaging, as well as using personal water bottles rather than communal glasses to avoid needing to use the dishwasher.
It’s up to all of us to make a difference to the world and its future. Make energy-efficient choices at work to help save the environment and encourage your colleagues to do the same.