Everyday office work boasts a lot of potential to save large amounts of energy. Simple changes of our habits often lead to noticeable reductions of energy consumption. Moreover, the efficient use of office equipment plays a considerable role in climate protection.
Tips for your office equipment:
- When you buy new office equipment, choose efficient consumption and performance values both in operation and standby mode. In many cases, a slightly more expensive purchasing price will pay off due to the equipment’s low energy consumption.
- Regularly maintained equipment often requires less energy, as damages seals, clogged filters, or calcifications might increase your energy consumption.
- Make sure you have the right switches, such as in socket boards, to keep your equipment separated from power supply outside of operating hours. .
Tips for your computer:
- Multiple or remote-controlled sockets you can turn off or timer switches can help you to avoid any costs during standby times.
- Turn off your computer or notebook whenever you do not use it.
- Benefit from your computer’s power saving function and configure your power management accordingly. The following settings are recommended: hibernation after 15 minutes. This means that your computer will enter the sleep/hibernating mode after a break of 15 minutes without any activity.
- Turn off the screen even when taking short breaks. If you turn it on again, the picture you see will be just the same as before. Deactivate your screen saver, especially if it is colourful and animated.
Tips for your printer:
- Turn on your workplace printer when you actually need it.
- • Use a socket board with extra switches or a special control unit to fully separate your printer, scanner, or other devices from the power grid and set your energy consumption to zero.
- •Save paper!
Tips for your office lighting:
- Use daylight!
- Turn of your artificial office lighting whenever there is enough daylight.
- Use a desk lamp with an energy-saving bulb, as it requires significantly less energy than standard office ceiling lights.
- Pay attention to generally use energy-saving bulbs in all your office premises. Their energy savings potential is enormous! Replacing classic light bulbs by energy-saving bulbs may reduce the energy consumption of your lighting system by up to 80 or 90 per Cent.
- Install motion sensors in rooms where you do not need permanent lighting. This measure will help you to only have the lighting on when it is actually needed.
Tips for your room climate:
- Temperatures between 20 and 22 degrees Celsius as well as humidity levels between 50 and 60 per cent are ideal conditions for a comfortable room climate.
- In air-conditioned and heated offices: keep your windows and doors closed.
- Keep your rooms well ventilated by opening the windows for short periods and turning off the heating. Tilted windows are inefficient.
- Regularly clean your radiators and make sure they are not blocked or covered to efficiently emit heat.
- Air-conditioning technicians can adjust the system to your actual needs, especially if you know when and how the rooms are used.
- In companies with a high number of customers on site, automatic doors might come in handy to save additional energy.