02.10.2008

Energy Star Online Tool Provides Workplace Energy Saving Tips

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed a new online tool, Energy
Star @ Work, to provide workers with tips and information on how to save energy
and protect the environment in the workplace.

Energy use in commercial buildings and manufacturing plants accounts for nearly
half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and nearly 50 percent of energy
consumption nationwide. With the average American worker spending almost 8
hours a day at their place of employment, the workplace offers a unique
opportunity for people to make a significant impact in the fight against
climate change.

Energy Star @ Work is an animated image of a typical office work space with
tips and links to valuable information employees can use on a daily basisfrom
starting a Green Team in the office to simply changing a desk lamp bulb. Simple
actions by employees can make a big difference in the overall energy
performance of a building. Some of the tips included in the Energy Star @ Work
tool include:

  • Replace the bulbs in desk lamps with Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent
    light bulbs. These light bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than
    incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Energy Star qualified lamps
    and light fixtures also are available for even more energy savings.

  • Use a power strip as a central "turn off" point when you are done using office
    equipment to completely disconnect the power supply. Even when turned off,
    electronic and IT equipment often use a small amount of electricity when
    plugged in.

  • Remember to turn off your lights when leaving conference rooms and your work
    space, especially at the end of the day.

  • Use Energy Star-qualified battery chargers or power adapters which, on
    average, use 30-35 percent less energy than conventional models. Don't forget
    to unplug battery chargers or power adapters when equipment is fully charged or
    disconnected from the charger.

  • Get involved! Create a Green Team with your co-workers, help reduce office
    waste, and set a goal to earn the Energy Star label for your building.

EPA also offers energy-saving tips for building managers, executives, and small
businesses; information on taking the Energy Star Challenge; and a downloadable
tip card to pass along to friends, family, and coworkers.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Environmental Protection