Energy Star offers tips for saving energy at office

Energy Star offers tips for saving energy at office

Graphic courtesy of Energy Star

On average, 30 percent of the energy consumed in commercial buildings is wasted, according to Energy Star.

The organization offers several tips on how workers can Green Your Cube — whether at work or at a home office — by investing in energy-saving office equipment.

  • Consolidate and save. Consolidating five-color and five-black-and-white desktop laser printers to a single-network, color laser printer with an equivalent quantity (around 2,400 pages a day) will save approximately 338 kWh and $38 annually.
  • Double-sided is better than one. The average American office worker prints about 10,000 sheets of paper annually. It takes 17Wh of electricity to produce a single sheet of paper, so if an office worker reduces printing by 25 percent, about 43 kWh is saved annually. 
  • Save energy with a multi-function device. A multi-function device combines the capabilities of a printer, fax machine and paper copier. Save energy by having one piece of office equipment instead of three.
  • Switch to a laptop. The average desktop computer consumes 100 to 400 kWh of electricity per year, while laptops consume about 30 to 150 kWh per year. Switching from a desktop to a notebook computer will save $23–$31 in annual electricity costs, due to the notebook’s higher efficiency.


Topics: Automation and Controls, Building Owners and Managers, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Electricity - Electrical and Energy Solutions, Energy Saving Products, ENERGY STAR, Office Buildings, Sustainable Communities

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