Once an equipment audit has been done, there are a number of steps for office tenancies to change the patterns of energy use or install low-cost energy savings devices. These are easy actions to take before investing in new equipment.
Simple actions can make a big difference, for example:
- checking and activating the energy savings settings on computers, monitors printers and photocopiers
- end of day equipment shut-off procedures
- employees turning off computer bases and monitors
- turning off printers and other shared equipment when not in use
- encouraging employees to turn computers on standby if leaving their desk for lunch/meetings.
Refrigerators, microwaves and vending machines may use a small proportion of your overall office energy, but by changing simple behaviours they can present quick and easy opportunities to save.
- only run dishwashers when full
- locate fridges in cool areas away from the sun, with ample ventilation around the coils
- only switch appliances on when necessary
- use a simple plug-in timer switch costs for water coolers, drink vending machines and water boilers- it only costs around $20
- turning kitchen equipment, such as kettles or microwaves, off overnight and over weekend.
Integration to standard procedure
Green IT programs can incorporate energy saving management principles into your Quality Management System (QMS), Environmental Management System (EMS), or employee policies. Poor management systems can contribute to a steady rise in office equipment energy usage; large offices may be interested in implementing power management systems which can have a great effect on energy efficiency. Building Management System reports will help monitor energy use and make adjustments as necessary.