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Parks, Recreation & Culture » Sustainable Kamloops » Environmental Sustainability » Energy

Energy Tips

For Work

  1. Flick it
    Flick off the light when leaving a room (especially when leaving for the evening), it's a cheap and easy way to save energy and money. Work together with your coworkers to turn off lights whenever an area is unoccupied, including common areas such as copy rooms, break rooms, meeting rooms and washrooms. Help remind others to "Flick it" by posting reminders next to light switches.
  2. Turn it off
    Turn off computers and other electronic devices when not in use. If you must leave your computer on for network applications or other purposes, turn off your monitor. Monitors consume a significant portion of the energy used by PCs.
  3. Dial it Down
    During usage, only have your screen as bright as you need it. Bright screens use a lot of energy.
  4. Set it up
    Set up your computer power saving features for periods when your computer is temporarily not in use. To do this, go to Settings/Control Panel/Power Options. It is recommended that you set your power management to turn off your monitor after 10 minutes and your hard disks after 20 minutes.
  5. Recharge it
    Use rechargeable batteries in electronic devices. A pack of four rechargeable batteries costs about $20, each battery can be charged 500 to a 1,000 times and a battery charger costs about $10 to $30. The cost to recharge the set works out to be just a couple of cents each time. Even factoring in the charger, a set of four AA batteries will cost around $50 for their serviceable life. Over the same time period, a comparable set of heavy-duty disposables with a discounted price of about $2 would cost $1,000 to $2,000 (Statistics from BC Hydro).
  6. Adjust it
    Adjust and monitor heating and cooling can cut energy costs by up to 10% or more by using properly set points. Heating/cool the building once occupants arrive and complete the warm-up/cool-down during the first hour of occupancy. Similarly, set back the temperature for the last hour of occupancy.
  7. Ditch it
    Eliminate the use of personal printing devices at the work place and instead use central multifunction systems. Multifunction systems reduce the amount of energy required to copy, print, fax and scan by combining the functions of multiple products into one machine. Annual energy consumption of a multifunction system can be as much as one-half of the combined annual energy consumption of the individual ENERGY STARŪ qualified copiers, fax machines and printers that it replaces (Statistics from Xerox). Energy savings would be substantially higher if a multifunction system replaces each individual products that have not earned the ENERGY STARŪ rating.
  8. Look for it
    When purchasing or replacing equipment, look for the ENERGY STARŪ symbol on all your new work place equipment. This symbol identifies the most energy efficient models.
  9. Replace it
    Consider replacing any lamps using incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs use up to 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb and lasts up to 10 times longer. Replace T12 or T10 fluorescent tubes with T8 or T5 energy efficient fluorescent tubes that are 10% to 30% more energy efficient.
  10. Leave it
    Leave personal electrical appliances, such as, fans, heaters and refrigerators at home. Each of these devices consumes additional electricity.

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