Small things you can do at work to help the environment
Small things add up. If 100 people do 100 small things it starts to make a big difference. Please read these tips and then forward them to your friends.
1. Turn off your lights
Lights are the biggest killer of energy in the corporate world. The simplest thing you can do to help the environment is turn off your lights when you don’t need them. When you go out of the office for lunch or to the toilet turn your lights off. This makes a huge difference. An average globe uses 60 watts in an hour. If you turn that light off for one hour a day you will save 22,000 watts of energy in a year. If 1000 people do it - we’re making a difference. Turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied. Set computers to energy-saving settings.
2. Switch to compact fluorescent lamps
These save up to 75% of the energy. They cost a bit more off the shelf but save heaps in long term costs. Easy.
3. Change from Google to Blackle
Google has a white background. Most websites do. However, we spend a lot of time on Google. Most people have Google as their homepage. If Google made their homepage black instead of white it would save thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. Blackle is an alternative to Google. It is powered by Google so you get the same searches; its just black. Switch to this.
4. Turn devices off at the power point
At the end of the day we usually just turn things off at their console switch instead of reaching around and turning them off at the power point. Most people do not realize that a lot of power is wasted when you leave the power point on. So henceforth make sure to turn off any device at the power point.
5. Don’t throw out printer cartridges
The toner that you use in the printer shouldn’t get thrown out. Printer cartridges are designed to be refilled. Refilling them is cheaper than buying a new one. Refilling a colour toner costs you just $35 where as buying a new one costs you $75.
6. Catch the bus to work
The bus is cheaper and it is much better for the environment. Each car that you take off the road saves thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases ever year. By catching the bus you will be saving money and helping the Earth.
7. Turn your A/C down one degree
Every degree that you turn the air conditioner down saves a lot of energy. It really is amazing the amount of power you save if your a/c is set to 18 degrees instead of 16 degrees. In fact, if you set your a/c to three degrees higher you will save over 400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Remember, you don’t need to be frozen on hot days, you just need to make yourself comfortable.
8. Use natural light
Open the blinds and use more natural light and less artificial light. Not only is natural daylight a free source of lighting for the office, it has been proven to improve worker productivity and satisfaction.
9. Cut paper use
Avoid printing unnecessary data. Use recycled paper. Print on both the sides of the paper to save trees.
10. Lunch time
Bringing lunch to work in reusable containers is likely the greenest (and healthiest) way to eat at work. Bring in a reusable plate, utensils, and napkins. If you do go out for lunch, try biking or walking instead of driving.
11. Educate others and children on going green. Spread awareness about saving the earth. Lets us leave this world a little better than we found it.
If the temperature in your office increases by only 2°C you will create enough CO2 in a year to fill a hot air balloon.
TURN IT DOWN
If you forget to switch your computer off when you leave at night then after a year you will have created enough C02 to fill a double-decker bus.
SWITCH IT OFF
Leave your photocopier on standby overnight and you will be wasting enough energy to make 30 cups of tea.
TURN IT OFF
Talking of Tea – leave your office lights on overnight and you could be wasting enough energy to make 1,000 cups of tea.
Leave the lights on overnight in your office for a year then you will have wasted enough energy to heat a home for almost 5 months
TURN THEM OFF
Leave the fridge door open for 30 minutes a day and you will waste enough energy in a year to power a lighthouse for nearly 4 days!
CLOSE THE DOOR