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Energy Conservation Tips for Business

Lighting

Reduce operating hours in low use areas by switching the lights off or using occupancy sensors. If a room is not being used for ten minutes, shut the lights off.

Reduce the lighting in overly lit or unused areas. A four-lamp fluorescent fixture uses more than 11 cents worth of electricity in an eight-hour day.

Replace incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps in light fixtures and exit signs. They use a quarter of the energy to produce the same amount of light.

Upgrade fluorescent fixtures with T-8 lamps, electronic ballasts and reflectors. A four-lamp fluorescent fixture uses 190 watts. A two-lamp T-8 fixture with an electronic ballast and reflector uses as little as 66 watts, or 65% less energy.

Eliminating three watts of lighting energy reduces air conditioning energy usage by one watt.

Air Conditioning and Heating

Set thermostats at a comfortable 24°C (76°F) for cooling and 20°C (68°F) for heating.

Install automatic thermostats on all heating and cooling equipment. This reduces cooling and heating requirements during unoccupied hours and could produce savings of 10%.

Install solar film on windows exposed to direct sunlight to reduce air conditioning load by as much as 30%.

Have your heating and cooling systems checked annually. A properly maintained system will maintain employee and customer comfort, save energy and extend the life of equipment.

Office Equipment

Office equipment can account for 10% to 20% of the energy used in a small business or office.

Add energy use as part of the criteria for selecting copiers, printers, computers and terminals.

Assign one employee the job of ensuring that all equipment is shut off at the end the day.

A laptop computer uses less energy than a desktop PC.

When purchasing a computer ensure that it has an automatic power down function.

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