In the office most of the same energy saving rules apply as for homes, including heating and cooling, water heaters (with or without showers), and sometimes kitchens with refrigerators, a microwave and dirty dishes. Some of those dot-com businesses even had laundry area at work as a weird sort of perk for those employees who never leave (or that's the rumor anyway). The same rules also apply for lights and bulbs, although we have a couple of embelishments to offer:
- In common areas like kitchens or file rooms where people come and go without turning out the lights, use motion sensors to save on energy in between visits.
- Your energyhawk.com webmaster has worked with software developers who would sooner toss their computers out the window than work under fluorescent tubes -- but guess what? The wizards developing compact fluorescent bulbs must have been software developers because the compact tubes we've been seeing lately use a coating that makes the light much warmer. Just to be on the safe side, maybe try a bulb or two in strategic locations to figure out what works best before retrofitting the entire office.
The following pages concerning office equipment apply equally whether SOHO ("small office / home office") or Fortune 500 workers are involved:
The technology that allows flat panel computer monitors to take up less space also uses a lot less power -- only 1/3 of the power of older CRT monitors.
Homework is available for the research-prone. Before purchasing office equipment, make sure the equipment you are looking at is EnergyStar® compliant.