- Turn off lights when not in use and use natural lighting when available. Upgrade to occupancy sensors in interior spaces.
- Install LED light bulbs wherever possible. Consider an upgrade from T12 tubes to more efficient T8 fluorescent lamp tubes.
- Paint walls bright colors to reflect light. You’ll be less likely to over-light your facility.
- Install ENERGY STAR-qualified exit signs.
- Use timers for security lights and outdoor lighting.
- Insulated blinds and shades reduce heat gain and loss.
Comfortable yet energy-efficient heating and cooling systems
- Invest in a smart, programmable thermostat.
- Use ceiling fans correctly to improve circulation. Rotate fans counterclockwise in the summer to push cooler air down, and clockwise in the winter to keep warmer air from rising.
- Check windows and doors for drafts and seal any air leaks.
- Seasonally tune-up HVAC equipment. Change filters and clean coils to improve air quality and keep air flowing efficiently.
Reduce energy and water waste
- Upgrade to smart power strips with timer and motion detection features.
- Utilize built-in power down or sleep-mode features for office equipment.
- Unplug appliances such as toasters and coffee pots when not in use.
- To keep your office refrigerator efficient, clean the coils and check seals.
- Install low-flow faucet aerators on sinks in kitchen and bathrooms and fix any leaks.
- Let employees know you are increasing your efforts to save energy and that small behavior changes can make a big difference.
- Share basic energy saving tips with staff and post a checklist.