En­ergy-sav­ing work­place makes dol­lars and sense

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - CBN/AVALON/METRO REGION -

With the re­cent changes to en­ergy prices, and sum­mer tem­per­a­tures also on the rise, now is a great time to think about con­serv­ing en­ergy. En­ergy ef­fi­ciency helps clear the air and con­serve our en­ergy sup­ply—and itʼs good for your bot­tom line. Here are some ac­tions your busi­ness can eas­ily take to­day:

• The best first step is to an­a­lyze your en­ergy use. Think about your heat­ing and cool­ing prac­tices, your equip­ment, and your light­ing use. You may want to con­sider un­der­tak­ing a full en­ergy au­dit. In the mean­time, think about your prac­tices. Are your copiers run­ning day and night? Are you light­ing and cool­ing ar­eas that are lit­tle used, or not in use at all?

• Then, set your busi­ness equip­ment for ef­fi­ciency. Com­put­ers, mon­i­tors, print­ers, pho­to­copiers and other busi­ness equip­ment are gen­er­ally equipped with an en­ergy sav­ing standby or ʻsleepʼ fea­ture. En­sure you have th­ese fea­tures turned on, and make sure all equip­ment is turned off com­pletely at the end of the day.

• Set your air conditioner to just a lit­tle less cool. The colder the set­ting, the greater your elec­tric­ity costs. So by set­ting your sys­tem to 25C, in­stead of 22C, you can achieve sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings. And when you close up, turn the air conditioner off. It takes less en­ergy to restart it than to leave it run­ning all the time.

Con­sider mo­tion sen­sors and timers for some of your light­ing needs. Donʼt pay to light ar­eas that are not be­ing used. Mo­tion de­tec­tors that turn lights on and off as peo­ple en­ter or leave a room are per­fect for ar­eas like store­rooms and bath­rooms. You might also set your out­door signs on a timer set to turn them off af­ter 1:00 am.

• And, when­ever pos­si­ble, just turn the lights out! There is no value in light­ing of­fices overnight, or in light­ing un­used of­fices and con­fer­ence rooms. So, turn out the lights when­ever pos­si­ble, and aim to lower over­all light­ing lev­els for more sav­ings.

• Fi­nally, when itʼs time to upgrade your equip­ment, think ʻEn­ergy Star ʼ. This cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is your as­sur­ance that the ap­pli­ance has met strict en­ergy ef­fi­ciency guide­lines—and will use sig­nif­i­cantly less en­ergy.

Con­serv­ing at work does­nʼt have to be dif­fi­cult. And thereʼs no bet­ter time than now to start clean­ing the air—and sav­ing money! For more ideas visit: www.en­ergy.gov.on.ca

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