Solar Day Organizers Offer us Cool Summer Office Energy-Saving Tips!

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Reduce your Office’s Carbon Footprint.

The bottom line of running a successful business is to make all your dollars count. Cutting back on unnecessary energy use keeps hard-earned money in your pocket.

Here are many energy-saving ideas for any office this summer, from a home office to the company HQ. 

General Tips

  • Whenever possible don't use large equipment during the peak hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Turn equipment and lights off after hours.

Always choose ENERGY STAR® products whenever possible.

Set energy-saving features on all your office equipment to put them into sleep mode when not in use.

Cooling and Ventilation Systems

  • Improve the Efficiency

Set the thermostat in your workspace to 78 degrees during work hours, and raise the setting to 85 degrees when the space is unoccupied. The energy savings can be significant - as much as 2 percent of your air conditioning costs for each one degree that you raise the thermostat. By example: If all businesses in California set their thermostats to a higher temperature, the State would save 770 megawatts for every 2 degrees.

Use a programmable thermostat and make it easy to adjust the settings as well as regulate the temperature when you are closed to avoid unnecessary cooling costs. Consider a locking cover over the thermostat to avoid having employees change temperature settings.

  • Close window blinds to shade your rooms from direct sunlight.
  • Install window film, solar screens or awning in south and west facing windows.

Ask for ceiling fans to be installed- they make it feel at least four degrees cooler during the summer.

  • Suggest a rewire of restroom fans to operate when the lights are turned on.


  • The Right Light for the Right Task

Turn off as many unnecessary lights as possible.
  • Again, make sure that equipment and lights are turned off after hours.

  • Replace old fluorescent lights with newer, more efficient models with electronic ballasts (such as retrofit T12 lights with magnetic ballasts to T8 lights and electronic ballasts).

Replace your high-use incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights. A compact fluorescent light uses 75 percent less electricity to produce the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb. The compact fluorescent will last about 10,000 hours as opposed to the 600 to 1,000 hour average life of an incandescent. By replacing a 100-watt incandescent with an equivalent 25-watt compact fluorescent, you can save more than $90 per bulb in electricity costs over the 10,000-hour lifetime of the compact fluorescent.

  • Ask for your office to install automatic, occupancy sensor room-lighting controls to turn lights on or off depending on occupancy or time of day.

Computers and Other Office Equipment

  • Turn off your computers and any other office equipment when you're not using them, especially overnight and weekends. This practice costs nothing and can potentially save as much as $44 per year, per computer, depending on what you pay per kilowatt-hour. "Smart" power strips are being marketed that sense the presence or absence of office workers and turn the attached equipment on and off accordingly.

  • To be as energy efficient as possible, only buy office equipment that displays the ENERGYSTAR logo.

  • Choose settings that automatically switch the computer monitor into sleep or "power-down" mode when it hasn't been worked on for a preset amount of time. Shorten the delay time before your monitor automatically goes into sleep mode.

  • Consider having your team or staff use lap top computers since they use up to 90 percent less energy than a standard computer.

  • If it works for your business, consider ink-jet printers which also use 90 percent less energy than laser printers.