Corporate office, have you ever looked at yours? Corporate offices and corporate headquarters come in different shapes, sizes and, yes, different energy efficiency. Now imagine this... you actually can improve your business' bottom line by taking the following steps to make your office more energy-efficient:
1. Turn off lights in your office when not needed. For example, turning off fluorescent lights in corporate offices saves energy, extends overall lamp life and reduces replacement costs. Myth: Turning lights on and off uses more electricity than leaving the lights on.
2. Reduce or replace inefficient, outdated or excessive lighting within your corporate office.
When replacing old lighting equipment, evaluate new technologies that may need fewer fixtures and/or fewer lamps within existing fixtures in your office. Ensure that light levels will remain at adequate levels before changing out technologies and/or reducing number of lamps in your office. Where practical, replace incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Ensure you install compatible dimming technology if CFLs are used along with a dimming system.
3. In winter, set office thermostat between 65 and 68 during the day/business hours, and 60 to 65 degrees during unoccupied times. In summer, set thermostats between 78 and 80 degrees during the day/business hours, and above 80 degrees during unoccupied hours. Adjust thermostats higher in your corporate office when cooling and lower when heating an occupied building or unoccupied areas within a building, e.g., during weekends and non-working hours. During summer months, adjusting your thermostat setting up one degree typically can save 2-3% on cooling costs. To conserve energy in your corporate office and reduce internal heat gain, turn off computers, monitors, printers and copiers during non-business hours.
Now go and make a difference in your corporate office.