Energy Saving Tips

  • Install programmable thermostats to turn the setting up in the summer and down in the winter after business hours.
  • Replace air filters regularly and follow maintenance schedules for furnace and air-conditioning equipment.
  • Reduce unneeded lighting, but maintain lighting levels and needed task lighting.
  • Install room-lighting controls that turn lights on or off, depending on occupancy or time of day.
  • Use energy-efficient fluorescent lamps, which use about 35% less energy than standard fluorescents, and reflectors, which add 10% more light. Efficient fluorescents with reflectors and electronic ballasts can reduce lighting energy costs by as much as 70%.
  • Use compact fluorescent lamps instead of incandescent light bulbs.
  • Clean heat exchangers and perform regular routine maintenance on refrigerating equipment.
  • Don't overlook the energy savings you can get by turning off unused computers, monitors, printers and copiers. This equipment continues to draw power even when off, so you can save more by cutting off power to the equipment, if practical.
  • Make sure your computers are set to "sleep" in a reduced power mode when idle and turn off computers overnight.
  • When it's time to buy or replace equipment, keep energy efficiency in mind. Consider Energy Star® models that power down after a user-specified period of inactivity.
  • Keep exterior doors closed as much as possible.
  • Consider offering an incentive program for employees who find ways to save energy.

For more on energy conservation, efficiency and analysis, see the Association of Energy Engineers Web site.