Make your Workplace more Energy Efficient
With these tips from Maryland Energy Administration
- Consider replacing incandescent lighting fixtures with ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs last 10x longer and use of the electricity of incandescent lights.
- Investigate retrofitting existing T12 fixtures to be able to use T8 or T5 tubes.
- Look for opportunities for using natural lighting in office areas with exterior windows.
- Ensure HVAC units are properly maintained throughout the year. Clean coils annually. Ensure filters are changed or cleaned on a regular basis.
- Utilize the economizer setting on HVAC units whenever possible.
- Establish temperature set points. During the summer, office temperatures should be set between 78 -80 degrees fahrenheit.
During the winter, office temperatures should be set between 65 degrees - 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Install a programmable HVAC controller that will allow you to adjust space temperature based on occupancy. The controller can be used to raise or lower temperatures as appropriate when areas are unoccupied (weekends, evenings). Find more information on ENERGY STAR programmable thermostats.
- Check your home for drafts. Drafts can be caused by air leaking in from the outside through doors, windows, etc. By sealing and insulating any air leaks, your office can be made more energy efficient and more comfortable. Find more information about insulating and sealing your office at the Air Seal and Insulate ENERGY STAR website.
- If drafting is severe around your windows, consider upgrading to new energy efficient windows. If new windows are not cost effective, consider purchasing a window insulation kit from your local hardware store.
- Do not allow personal fans/heaters/refrigerators/microwaves to be brought in to work. Each of these devices consumes additional electricity. Ask employees to leverage the common office devices instead.
- Purchase Energy Star computers, copiers, fax machines, etc. whenever possible. Find more information about ENERGY STAR office equipment.