Energy Saving Tips for Around the Workplace


  • Turn lights out when leaving a room. If you are gone for more than two minutes, turn out the lights.
  • Wherever practical, use a task light instead of the overhead lighting.
  • Use day lighting when available by turning off lights near windows
  • Have maintenance staff de-lamp fixtures that produce a harsh glare or in areas that are over lit
  • Avoid using incandescent lights when possible. Compact fluorescents use less than one third of the energy and last up to ten times longer.

Office Equipment

  • Turn off computer monitors when not in use. Computers come with a sleep mode that is activated through the screen saver control feature.
  • Only turn on computer peripherals (scanners, printers, speakers, etc.) when in use.
  • Unless you are running update programs at night, turn off the computer and monitor at the end of the day.
  • Make sure the office copier is turned off at night. New copiers with ENERGY STAR features of low power standby are the best choice when replacing machines. Be sure the ENERGY STAR features are activated. Fax machines come with power saver modes as well.

Space Comfort

  • Move desks and cubicles away from the windows. Windows are a source of drafts and draw heat from people in winter, making them feel colder.
  • During cool weather, open blinds for light and warmth and close drapes at the end of the day to reduce heat loss at night. In warm weather, close blinds to reduce cooling load.


  • Turn off power on “optional” equipment / spaces after hours (display cases, personal computers, coffee makers, etc.)

Utilities and Maintenance

  • Report HVAC / energy related problems to the building manager.
  • Report any leaks or other water problems (leaky faucets, toilets running, sprinklers that water sidewalks, etc.) to the building manager.