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Earth Gauge Tip of the Week: Work for Energy Savings

10/17/2011 11:33:16 AM

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Did you know that commercial and industrial buildings account for up to half of energy use in the United States?  Many of the simple energy-saving steps we use at home can be implemented at work, too.

Viewer Tip:  Every October, government organizations, businesses, associations and individuals observe Energy Awareness Month with activities and programs to reduce energy consumption in our daily lives.  Why not make your time at work more energy efficient?

  • Up to 35 percent of the electricity used in an office building is consumed by lighting!  If you have a desk lamp, replace a traditional light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL).  CFLs use about 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer.
  • Have a window near your desk?  Reduce energy needs for cooling and heating: Close blinds during warm weather to keep out the sun's heat; on cold days, leave blinds open during daylight hours to let in the sun's warmth.
  • Keep air vents clear of papers, files and office supplies.  It can take up to 25 percent more energy to pump air into a workspace if vents are blocked.

Energy Star has many more tips for going green at work.  Visit www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=energy_awareness.awareness_you_can_do.

You can also visit Earth Gauge for more weather and environmental tips!

 

(Source: U.S. EPA and DOE. “Bring Your Green to Work with Energy Star.” http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=bygtw.showSplash) 



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