Five quick tips for saving energy at work this summer
It's summertime — that means longer days, sunny weekends and family vacations. However, that doesn't mean energy consumption should take a holiday. Here are five simple ways for staff to save energy, even when they're out of the office.
- Shutting down buildings for the summer? Create a structured checklist to help ensure managers and staff shut down everything from computer equipment to water heaters.
- Over long weekends and holiday breaks, send out calendar invites/Outlook notices to remind staff to close blinds, turn off lights and unplug equipment.
- Encourage folks to turn off their lights and work by natural daylight. Ask them to consider what lights really need to be on the rest of the year.
- It's Hawaiian Shirt Day! Ask staff to wear fun Hawaiian shirts or light clothing, then turn the air conditioning down. Cooling uses more energy than heating.
- It's Friday night — close the blinds. Get staff to close their blinds before they leave work — especially for the weekend, then conduct an audit and let departments know how well they did.