We assess offices on their energy saving practices, such as making power strips easily accessible, plugging printers/copiers/fax machines into power strips, turning off all appliances at the end of the day, and using Energy Star™ computers and printers. If your office needs more help on understanding sustainable methods to save energy, please look at the valuable resources below.

  • Phantom Energy

    • Many gadgets, electronic devices and appliances draw power even when they're switched off or not in use, just by being plugged in.  Unplugging these devices while not in use to save energy.
    • Common Appliances That Draw Energy While Plugged In (Phantom Energy):

      • Television
      • Stereo
      • Coffee maker
      • Microwave oven
      • Clock radio
      • Chargers for cell phones and MP3 devices
      • Monitors
      • Printers
  • Energy Saving Settings 

    • Change your energy saving settings on your computers to save energy.
    • Screen savers are not necessary for LCD monitors as they are not subject to "burn-in" like the old CRT monitors. 

      • Get rid of your screen savers and apply sleep mode. Here is how.

  • Lighting

    • Compact Fluorescent Light (CFLs) vs. Incandescent Light

      • CFLs use up to 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs.

      • CFLs provide the same amount of light – but last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

      • Meet every lighting need with a choice of bulb sizes and shapes

      • Learn more with this CFL fact sheet. 

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