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Five quick tips for saving energy at work this summer

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. Over long weekends and holiday breaks, send out calendar invites/Outlook notices to remind staff to close blinds, turn off lights and unplug equipment.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.