January 20, 2014
Energy Consumption – Office Equipment
Did you know that office equipment left on standby during weekends and bank holidays can cost small and medium sized businesses nearly £6000 a year?
Office equipment uses 15% of total energy consumption in offices and as the fastest growing energy user in the business world, its usage is expected to double by 2020.
Use some of these energy saving tips!
- Switch off all equipment when it is not being used and enable power down modes. This will reduce energy consumption and increase the equipment’s lifespan.
- Use the right equipment for the job. For example for internal printing, set default printing to black and white and double-sided and try and print in batches which allows the machine to spend more time in standby than in the idling position.
- Place equipment such as printers and photocopiers in a separate, naturally ventilated area with a good flow of air. This helps reduce air conditioning costs as well as noise pollution.
- Have your equipment regularly checked and cleaned and follow manufacturers’ advice on servicing
- Choose equipment that is right for your business. Always take running costs into account as well as the initial cost. For example it might be more economical to upgrade existing PCs to ones with newer, more energy efficient components. LCD monitors can reduce monitor energy use by over two thirds.
Information taken from Carbon Trust, Leaflet CTV007