- When you buy new equipment, consider the running costs as well as the price. Choosing energy efficient models saves you money in the long run.
- Turn your computer, WiFi and other equipment off at the wall at night, or when not in use.
- Adjust the power management settings on your computer as needed. You can choose the time delay for your computer to turn off the monitor, turn off hard disks and enter sleep mode. Turn off screen savers as they can stop the computer from going in to sleep mode. Always turn the computer totally off at the end of the day.
- Put your computer or laptop into sleep mode when you’re away from your desk for more than a few minutes.
- Unplug chargers when your equipment is charged.
- Use plug-in timers to automatically switch office equipment off at the end of the day.
- Use multi-plug power boards with a power switch to easily turn multiple devices off.
- Remote-controlled plugs and power boards let you turn equipment off without having to bend under your desk.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR label when you’re buying a computer, laptop or other office devices.
- In summer, use blinds and open windows to prevent overheating.
- Use fans instead of air conditioning to keep cool.
- Turn off air conditioning after hours and while windows and doors are open.
- Clean the filters of your air conditioners regularly to keep them running efficiently and effectively.
- Draught-proof your office doors and windows.
- Consider wall insulation and double-glazing when setting up or renovating your office.
- Drive more efficiently by accelerating slowly and braking earlier.
- If you have to drive and have more than one vehicle, drive the most fuel efficient vehicle.
- Combine trips where possible.
- For shorter distances, walk or cycle.
- Consider using public transport.
- Pull up blinds up to make the most of natural light.
- Replace traditional bulbs with energy-saving LEDs or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
- Make sure the lighting level is right for your office.
- Paint the office in light colours to reflect natural light.
- Turn off lights you’re not using (such as in hallways or bathrooms).