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Energy Efficiency: 15 of the best solutions, innovations and hacks

Are you aware that turning a photocopier off each night will save the owner $150 annually in unused power 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.

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 during their first decade and a half of operation.

Some of our favorites include:

  • Visit your building late at night to find out what’s on after hours that shouldn’t be. Take note and make sure to turn them off when you leave for the day.
  • Encourage employees and tenants to turn off lights in rooms when not needed. This can reduce lighting expenses by 10 to 40 percent, and let’s employees help make a difference
  • Speaking of the photocopier…turn off printers, copiers, and fax machines at the end of each day.

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

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Published January 16, 2020 by Carl Kasalek