What can I do right now?
Manage plug loads.
Managing plug loads, including the energy used by office equipment and task lighting, is a simple way to reduce utility costs.
Upgrading lighting is a simple, low-cost way to reduce energy usage. There continual advancements in tubular fluorescent and LED (light-emitting diodes) lighting. Adding occupancy sensors or daylighting controls can reduce usage and utility costs even more.
Every opening in a building (doors, windows, pipes and electrical boxes) is a potential pathway for conditioned air to escape. Caulking, sealants, spray foam and weather-stripping eliminate air leaks and help to regulate the temperature differential between indoors and outdoors.
Optimize heat and light from the sun.
Natural daylight is free, healthy and abundant. Controlling for glare, windows and skylights can provide adequate light for many activities. Adding a light shelf to windows uses the sun to natrually light the building, while preventing heat from entering. Open curtains, shades and blinds on south and west facing windows for heat and light, or close them to keep cooler.
Take advantage of passive design features for cooling.
Plant shade trees, install window shades and adjust them to control the sun, and open and close windows to take advantage of the natural flow of air. Your building will be more comfortable, and you will save money on electricity.
Buy ENERGY STAR equipment and appliances.
ENERGY STAR rated equipment uses 20-30% less energy than standard models.
Be Water Smart.
By reducing your office's water usage, you can save both water and money.