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Energy saving tips for offices

Heating and air conditioning

– A one-degree adjustment in indoor temperature corresponds to a change of approximately 5% in heating costs. The recommended indoor temperature is approximately 20–22 degrees.
– In an open-plan office, setting the temperature to a level that is satisfactory to everyone can be challenging due to individual differences in perception. The users of open-plan offices should discuss what the ideal indoor temperature is for the office.

Office machines

Sensible and efficient energy-saving settings reduce electricity consumption and reduce photocopying costs. If necessary, the photocopier supplier can be requested to preconfigure the machine to choose the appropriate energy-saving options. When providing instructions on the use of the machine, the supplier can also explain the machine’s automatic energy-saving adjustments to the persons responsible for its use.

The standby power consumption of old office machines is often higher than that of new, energy-efficient machines. The environmental impacts of office equipment should be taken into account in making purchase decisions. A larger display with a higher resolution consumes more electricity. Choose office machines based on their intended use.

Like many other electrical devices, workstations consume some electricity even when they are switched off, provided that the power cord is connected and the machine has not been switched off by using the main power switch, which is usually located next to the power cord.

Tips for reducing the energy consumption of office equipment:

– One device for multiple purposes: lower purchasing costs, lower energy consumption, less space required, fewer devices that require maintenance, reducing paper consumption conserves energy (the various stages of paper production, transport and disposal consume a significant amount of energy)
– Configure power saving modes appropriately
– Switch off devices for nights and weekends – reduce electricity consumption and extend the useful life of your display
– Switch off displays and peripherals when you are leaving work, going to a long meeting or taking a lunch break

Screensavers do not reduce electricity consumption. Their purpose is to prevent the “burn-in” of fixed on-screen elements by replacing them with moving images. Elaborate screensavers can even increase the workstation’s power consumption. The most energy-efficient screensaver is a blank black screen.

Note! Always refer to the company’s documented procedures to confirm what practices to use.

Lighting

– The energy-efficiency of a property can be increased by replacing halogen lights with fluorescent tubes and energy-saving bulbs.
– Dust and dirt reduce the brightness of lighting fixtures.
– Energy efficiency can be increased by taking advantage of natural light.
– Switch off unnecessary lights.
– To save energy, ensure that the last person to leave the premises in the evening switches off the light using the switch by the door.

Water

– Do not leave water running for no reason.
– It is important to keep water fixtures in good condition and service them as necessary.
– Even minor leaks in water fixtures should be reported by submitting a fault report form or contacting the property’s Facilities Management department directly. Even a minor leak can cause a significant increase in water consumption and water costs.