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Top energy efficiency solutions, innovations and hacks for the office


Are you aware that turning a photocopier off each night at the office could save you $150 annually in energy costs?

That’s just one of the fifteen simple-yet-effective recommendations made by Energy Star in their excellent article “15 quick-and-easy ways to save energy in buildings.”

You may know Energy Star as the little blue mark on appliances. But what goes on behind that symbol?

Energy Star is a voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that delivers environmental benefits and financial value through superior energy efficiency.

Essentially, they help us make energy-efficient choices.

Having been in operation since 1999, and responsible for over $230 billion of savings in utility bills, Energy Star is an authority on energy efficiency.

They are an organization worth listening to!

The article they have put together summarizes 15 of the best solutions, innovations and hacks that Energy Star and their customers have discovered.

Two of our favorites include: 1. Visit your building late at night to find out what’s on after hours that shouldn’t be; 2. Encourage employees and tenants to turn off lights in rooms when they’re not needed. This can reduce lighting expenses by 10 to 40 percent and offers employees the opportunity to help make a difference.

All of the tips and nuggets of advice offered in Energy Star’s article are practical, simple to implement and best of all, they’re proven methods of lowering costs and raising energy efficiency.

(Don’t forget that copier this evening!)

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Published September 19, 2014 by Carl Kasalek