Below are four easy tips to help you become energy smart.

Tip #1: Switch off your lighting.

Did you know lighting can make up to 44 percent of an office’s annual electricity use?

You can reduce the amount of energy to light both your home and office by:

  • Install energy-efficient light bulbs. A variety of options is available, including compact fluorescent lamps and LED lamps.
  • Make light work for you. Clever use of reflectors and directional lamps to get the light where you need it can save another 50% in energy costs and improve the overall lighting of your home or office.
  • Switch lights off! Like all electrical items, switch off the lights when they’re not in use.
  • Be sure to open up the blinds and the curtains to let in natural light.

Tip #2: Only use what you need.

Most of us, especially in the developed world, take energy for granted – so we don’t tend to take much notice of what we might be using unnecessarily.

In addition to switching off lights and electrical appliances when they’re not in use, you can also save energy by:

  • Turn it down in winter. Do you really need to be walking around in a T-shirt all year round? Set the temperature on your heating system a little lower to save energy. Sometimes putting on an extra sweater is more effective and it saves you money on heating bills.
  • Turn it up in summer. By the same token, set your air conditioner a little higher in summer.
  • Use water wisely. Water systems require a lot of energy to purify and distribute water – so saving water can lower greenhouse gas emissions. Also make sure the water thermostat isn’t set above 60°C (140°F), and at home take a short shower instead of a bath to minimize the amount of energy you use to heat water.
  • Love laptops. Get a laptop instead of a desktop – it consumes five times less electricity. If you must have a desktop enable the power management function on your computer: contrary to popular belief, screen savers do not save energy.
  • Bring just enough to boil. When using a kettle, only boil as much water as you need. It will save electricity and boil the water more quickly.

Tip #3: Pull the plug.

One very easy thing you can do is to turn off TVs, computers, and other electronics when they’re not in use.

TVs, DVD players, stereos and computers still use 10-60% of power even when on ‘stand by’. And some appliances cost nearly as much to run in stand-by mode as when they are switched on!

  • Use a power strip for your home cinema and office equipment to easily turn multiple devices on and off at the wall, all at once.
  • Turn off your computer at night – at home and at work.
  • Unplug chargers for mobile phones and other mobile devices when you’re not using them.

Tip #4: Avoid personal heating and cooling devices.

Where possible avoid the use of individual heating and cooling devices. If the workplace seems too hot or cold, please contact Facilities Management and Planning Help desk to resolve the problem.

In addition be sure to close all windows, blinds and curtains before leaving the workplace at the end of the day, to reduce your building’s heating and cooling costs.

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