Switch ‘em off!
Canada has one of the highest energy consumptions per capita in the world. Luckily there are several small tasks you can do to conserve energy!
Here are some actions that you can encourage in your business to help the planet and save money on your bills:
- Turn off your computer, monitor, and other electronic devices when not in use.
- Use a central power bar such as a Smart Strip (a programmable power bar that can help save energy costing between $20-$50) to plug all devices into, and turn off power bars with the click of 1 switch overnight or for extended periods of time.
- Unplug chargers after cell phones and laptops have been charged. Even when the device is not plugged in, they are still using energy!
- Make the most of natural lighting and keep turning on the lights to a minimum.
- Turn off lights when not in use to reduce energy use and save money.
Use Compact Florescent light bulbs (CFLs).
They last 8 times longer than incandescent bulbs (CFLs bulbs last 2-4 years) and consume a fraction of the energy making them great green options.
ENERGY STAR CFL light bulbs use up to 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs.
- Lower your thermostat after hours to save on energy costs.
- Heat and cool spaces strategically to save energy. For example, don’t heat spaces that aren’t used (like a photocopy room, or a storage room)
- Use blinds and curtains to save on heating and cooling costs. For example, close the blinds at night to retain heat.
- Move furniture, rugs, and curtains away from air grills and heating vents to heat your workplace efficiently.
Did You Know?
Laptops use 50% or less energy than the average desktop unit? Working on them instead of desktops will reduce energy.
Resources to check out
- Greenpeace's Guide to Green Electronics
- Energy efficiency guide
- BC Hydro Incentives Programs and Information for businesses