Switch off computers, printers, photocopiers and other appliances when leaving work. A computer or photocopier will cost you over €130 a year if you leave it on all the time. By switching office appliances off when they are not in use, you can save up to 50% of this cost.
Many appliances use energy even after being turned off when they are plugged into electrical sockets. To avoid this, simply unplug your battery chargers and other plugs or adapters when they are not in use.
Standby energy use accounts up to 10% of total energy consumption worldwide. Follow this tip, and our collective action will make a great difference.
Ask this question before filling the kettle with water. If only two cups of coffee are needed, don’t boil one litre of water.
Configure the power scheme in your computer, set the monitor to turn off automatically if the computer has not been used for more than 15 minutes. By doing this, you can save 20-40% of the energy used by computers. For an office with 10 computers, this means a reduction of €400 per year.
My Computer >Control Panel > Power Option > Power Scheme
Reduce the burden on the office heating system and save electricity required for lighting by opening the blinds or shades on a cold sunny day. On dull days keep blinds closed to prevent heat loss.
Switch off the lights when you are not using the room, or use occupancy sensors to automatically turn on or off lighting as needed. A 100 watt lamp left on 24 hours a day will cost €150 a year to run.
Use compact fluorescent lamps instead of traditional bulbs. They use 80% less energy and last up to 15 times longer.
Carpool to work and consider walking or biking for short trips. Research shows 1/3 of all trips in Ireland are shorter than 5 km. Due to the ever increasing traffic congestion, cycling is the fastest means of transport into the city centre.
Service you car regularly and keep the right tyre pressure; remove excess weight from your car. A well-maintained car will use less fuel and reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution.
Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking are bad driving habits that can lower your fuel efficiency by 33%. Drive as smoothly as possible, maintain momentum, avoid quick starts and hard stops, you can save a lot of money and also keep yourself safe.
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