- Set a company policy to shut off all lights, machinery and equipment when not in use, particularly on nights and weekends. Simple timer devices can be used to accomplish this task easily.
- Install low-cost energy monitors that can provice an accurate display of the cost and energy use of individual equipment. Also check out IT tips.
- Consider using energy efficient power strips or surge protectors.
- Install motion sensor and/or automatic dimming switches for all lighting, especially in rooms that are not regularly used, like board rooms, utility closets, bathrooms, storage areas etc.
- Replace your incandescent lighting with new compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs or LED's (light-emitting diodes). CFL's use up to 80% less energy than regular light bulbs - a HUGE saving. Did you know that the US have banned the production of 100-watt bulbs and as at the end of this year, they will do the same with 60 and 40-watt bulbs. So, they are gradually becoming extinct!
- Install programmable thermostats to automate your HVAC system and to significantly scale back your heating and cooling when your business is not in operation.·
- Always buy Energy Star qualified products for your business. The Energy Star label indicates the most efficient light bulbs, computers, printers, copiers, refrigerators, televisions, windows, thermostats, ceiling fans and other appliances and equipment.
- Develop a company-wide policy to eliminate unnecessary idling of truck engines.
- Eliminate unnecessary wash-downs or cleaning. Iinstall pressure reducing valves if necessary to reduce high water pressure. This can reduce water use when high-pressure water is unnecessary for a particular use.
- Consider developing a comprehensive green business plan for your business that encompasses energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, transportation, computing and equipment efficiency and building design. Energy savings of 30 percent are easy and cost-effective to achieve.
How about literally 'Going Green'!
Use indoor plants as natural air filters. Plants can improve air quality by removing many indoor pollutants, including those from varnish and other laminate finishes, carpet particles and fibers, formaldehyde and toxins from chemical cleaners and even from high-tech gadgets.
Here are some better plant choices that require low maintenance and will do well with artificial and low lighting:
- Areca Palm
- Boston Fern
- Cast Iron Plant
- English Ivy
- Peace Lily
- Snake Plants
- Spider Plants
- Weeping Fig
According to research, you should have at least one potted plant for every 100 square feet of floor space.