Office spaces can be a major source of energy consumption, which hurts both the environment and your company’s budget. Learn how to go green and cut energy expenses by making some simple changes in your office:
Tip #7: Eliminate Screen Savers
- Screen savers might be nice to look at, but did you know that they use full power from your computer monitor and the same amount of energy your computer uses when you are working on a spreadsheet? In addition, a study done in 2009 found that almost half of American employees who use computers at the office do not even shut them down before going home at the end of the day. This terrible habit costs American businesses almost $2.8 billion in unnecessary energy expenses annually.
- To reduce this inefficiency, turn off your computer monitor or put the computer in “sleep” mode before heading out for a coffee or lunch break. Doing either one of these things can significantly reduce the amount of energy consumed by computers. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends putting your computer to sleep or turning off the monitor for breaks longer than 20 minutes, and shutting down the computer if you are going to be gone for 2 hours or more.
Asking each employee to do small, simple things such as eliminating screen savers and hibernating their computers can be a significant step in reducing your company’s electric bill.