Energy Saving Tips for Your Office Equipment

Small changes in how you handle your office equipment can go a long way in reducing your business’ energy bill. Here are some of our favorite tips:

Batteries
If any of your office equipment uses batteries – wireless mice, cordless phones, etc. – consider using rechargeable ones; in the long run they are the most cost effective. If you must use the normal one-use batteries, make sure you check with your trash removal company to ensure proper disposal.
Don’t be afraid to turn things off
There are a lot of misconceptions about what actually saves power. For example, the screen saver on your computer does not reduce the amount of energy your monitor uses.
Some people used to think their equipment would deteriorate over time if continuously turned on and off so they would just keep them on all of the time. This is not what you want to be doing with your computers.
Phantom power
In homes, most of the electricity used to power electronics is consumed when the device is turned… off. Surprised? This happens from internal systems that keep going while the electronic is not active. The same happens in offices. Avoid using up that energy by unplugging the device or using a power strip that has an on/off switch.
Laptops
When upgrading your computing systems explore switching to laptops; they tend to consume less energy than their desktop counterparts. They may require a higher initial investment but it will definitely pay off in the long run.
Battery chargers
It doesn’t matter if it’s for rechargeable batteries or a laptop, a battery charger will continue to drain power even after the battery is fully charged. An easy fix – apply the same rules we mentioned for phantom power and unplug it or turn it off!