The Eight Steps To Reduce Waste - Step 7
Welcome to step 7 of our 8 step series on how to help you reduce waste in your workplace. Last week we talked about engaging in sustainable purchasing in your workplace. If you haven't read through that chapter yet you can do so by clicking here.
This week we'll be focusing on being energy efficient in your workplace, a heavily important topic that often goes unnoticed. In this article, we'll be talking about what it means to be energy efficient, why it's important, and discuss some ways you can help improve the energy efficiency of your workplace. Panda Environmental is a waste management company with many services that can help you reach your waste management goals. To learn more about Panda Environmental click here now!
What does it mean to be energy efficient, and why should I participate?
Energy efficiency is one of the most important aspects of being an environmentally efficient business, but it doesn't quite get the attention of some other waste management methods. Being energy efficient means that you put efforts into purchasing and participating in low energy usage products, services, and processes throughout your business model. It's one of the best ways to save your company money while protecting your companies reputation and being environmentally friendly. Though there may be an initial increase in cost for purchasing or modifying your business process, in the long run, you'll notice a more energy efficient process will save your company money especially for companies that burn oil or coal for power.
What are some ways my company can be more energy efficient?
Improving your lighting to be more efficient is one of the simplest ways to reduce the amount of energy your business uses. Because of their constant use lighting can actually turn into one of your highest business energy costs, resulting in one of the greatest ways to save you money in the long run. Here are some tips to help you be more energy efficient with your lighting:
- Ensuring lights are turned off when not in use
- Switch to a more energy efficient bulb such as LED
- Remove any unneeded light sources such as lamps
- Only light areas of your building which are occupied
- Use timers or motion sensors to limit unnecessary lighting
Though not consistently in use office equipment, computers, in particular, can be huge energy users. Here are some tips to help you be more efficient with your office equipment:
- Purchase ENERGY STAR® products, or other sustainable products when possible
- Use software which automatically powers off workstations to avoid accidentally leaving computers and other electronics on outside of work hours
- Shut down any unused computers, photocopiers, or other office equipment when not in use
- If you use computers in your workplace consider switching to laptops. They use nearly 10x less energy than desktop computers
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Equipment
By using more energy efficient HVAC products and being smarter with how they're used, you can both save yourself a lot of money and extend the life of the products. Here are some tips to help you be more energy efficient with your HVAC equipment:
- Optimize your heating and cooling systems
- Ensure equipment is turned off when it's no longer needed
- Perform regular cleaning of your HVAC equipment to ensure it's in good working condition
- Perform inspections of your HVAC equipment annually to ensure it's working properly
- Minimize heat loss by ensuring proper insulation and reducing drafts
There are quite a few ways your company can be more energy efficient when it comes to transportation. Here are some tips on how your workplace can reduce energy by modifying some ways of transportation:
- Set up a company carpooling program
- If you use fleet vehicles, consider using more environmentally friendly vehicle or fuel alternatives
- Only ship when vehicles are full. Shipping with only a small amount of product damages both your profits and the environment
- Use Skype or other video conferencing options for meetings rather than driving or flying to meet in person
- Reduce the amount of mail you receive by switching to online statements
We hope you've enjoyed reading about being energy efficient in the workplace. Be sure to come back next week to view the final step of our 8 step series on how to reduce waste. Panda Environmental has many services that can benefit you in making your waste management process more efficient. Click here now to learn about their services.
The 8 Steps To Reduce Waste:
1. Step 1 - Conducting A Waste Assessment
2. Step 2 - Creating A Waste Reduction Plan
3. Step 3 - Reducing In The Workplace
4. Step 4 - Reusing In The Workplace
5. Step 5 - Recycling In The Workplace
6. Step 6 - Sustainable Purchasing
7. Step 7 - Energy Efficiency
8. Step 8 - Other Concepts & Tools
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