If you spend most of your day in the office, there are plenty of opportunities to save energy. Here are a few tips to get you started.
- Use daylight and turn off unneeded office lights.
- Turn off your office lights when leaving.
- Avoid excessive lighting levels. Turn off lights in meeting and conference rooms.
- If needed, use an Energy Star Labeled desk lamp or floor lamp.
Paper, printing, and copying
- Recycle your discarded paper.
- Reduce printing and photocopying.
- Print double-sided (duplex) copies.
- Purchase 100% post-consumer waste, non-chlorinated paper stock.
- Use black-and-white Econo-mode computer printing settings.
- Press the EnergySaver (or PowerSaver) button after photocopying.
- In fax machines, use the other side of already-used, single-sided paper.
- Use your computer's power saver options and shut down your computer, printer and peripherals when leaving the office.
- If you use a laptop computer, eliminate the need for a large monitor.
- Use a power strip to plug in all your computer equipment, and turn the power strip off when you leave.
- Recycle all batteries.
Junk and recycling
- Only discard into waste trash that is not recyclable.
- Request your name be removed from all junk mailing lists.
- Recycle or reuse aluminum cans, glass and plastic containers and utensils.
Improve the environment and your health
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water at your desk.
- Purchase environmentally-friendly office supplies, equipment, and furniture.
- Walk between office floors.
- Use a combination of walking, biking, and transit-commuting to and from work.
Get involved in shrinking your organization's ecological footprint
There are many options and opportunities for greening and shrinking your company’s ecological footprint. Set up a cross-departmental committee to assess areas where individual and company practices can be improved to produce more eco-friendly results. Then come up with a list of suggestions, and work with company administrative staff and leadership to implement the ideas.
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