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To conserve energy and reduce
internal heat gain, turn off computers, monitors, printers and copiers during
non-business hours. Do not leave equipment in sleep mode
overnight because it will continue to draw a small amount of power.
Ensure that the built-in power
management system for your office equipment is active to save
energy during periods of inactivity.
Ensure your screen saver is compatible
with the computer's power management features, and that the
setup allows the system to go into power saver mode.
Use laptops and notebooks.
Laptop computers use 90% less energy than a desktop system.
When purchasing new office equipment,
look for ENERGY STAR. The ENERGY STAR office equipment program
promotes energy-efficient computers, monitors, printers, fax machines,
scanners, copiers and multi-function devices that automatically power down
during extended inactivity. Energy saving of 50% or more is possible.
Install plug load controllers in
cubicles to control multiple loads like monitors, task lights and fans.
These devices use a motion sensor that is incorporated with a plug load surge
suppressor. Inactive equipment can be shut down when the cubicle is unoccupied.
Specify ENERGY STAR equipment when
purchasing or negotiating a contract for new vending machines. The
ENERGY STAR machines incorporate energy efficient compressors with
refrigeration and lighting controls. Efficient vending equipment can save
30-50% over older equipment.