• Turn off all computers, monitors, printers, photocopiers and lights at the end of the day.
    • Set screen savers to ‘none’ or ‘blank screen’. It’s a myth that they save energy!
    • Set all computers to go to sleep when not in use, saving energy use by up to 70%.
    • Switch to using compact fluorescent bulbs. They last longer and burn as brightly.
    • Install motion detectors to control lighting in bathrooms, stationery and copy areas.
    • Increase the impact of natural lighting by installing windows and skylights.
    • Set your thermostat to a few degrees lower in winter, and higher in summer.
    • Close blinds during the early morning and late evening to reduce heat from the sun.
    • In winter, check all doors and windows for draughts.
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    • Encourage laptop use in the workplace. They consume 90% less energy than desktop computers.
    • Buy smaller monitors. A two-inch smaller monitor can reduce energy usage by up to 30%.
    • Buy equipment that has an ‘Energy Star’ label to get the best energy mileage.

Before making any changes in the workplace, consider raising the topic of business energy efficiency with your staff and colleagues. You might like to highlight the importance of working together to lower the business’ overall energy consumption, but be sure to stress the benefits of establishing an environmentally responsible work culture for the long term.