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Office Energy Checklist

This checklist outlines actions that conserve energy at the office.

Checkbox Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for desk lamps and overhead lighting. Using CFLs instead of comparable incandescent bulbs can save about 50% on your lighting costs. CFLs use only one-fourth the energy and last up to 10 times longer.
Checkbox Switch off all unnecessary lights. Use dimmers, motion sensors, or occupancy sensors to automatically turn off lighting when not in use to reduce energy use and costs.
Checkbox Turn off lights when you leave at night.
Checkbox Use natural lighting or daylighting. When feasible, turn off lights near windows
Checkbox Use task lighting; instead of brightly lighting an entire room, focus the light where you need it, to directly illuminate work areas.
Checkbox Use ENERGY STAR products.
Checkbox Close or adjust window blinds to block direct sunlight to reduce cooling needs during warm months. Overhangs or exterior window covers are most effective to block sunlight on south-facing windows.
Checkbox In the winter months, open blinds on south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your workspace. At night, close the blinds to reduce heat loss.
Checkbox Unplug equipment that drains energy when not in use (i.e. cell phone chargers, fans, coffeemakers, desktop printers, radios, etc.).
Checkbox Replace desktop computers with thin clients or notebook computers and docking stations.
Checkbox Replace cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors with LED or liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors.
Checkbox Turn off your computer and monitors at the end of the work day, if possible. If you leave your desk for an extended time, turn off your monitor. (See IT & Electronics.)
Checkbox Turn off photocopier at night or purchase a new copier with low standby feature. Purchase printers and fax machines with power management feature and use it. (See IT & Electronics.)
Checkbox Coordinate with vending machine vendor to turn off advertising lights.
Checkbox Have a qualified professional perform an energy audit. Check with your utility company for names of auditors.
Checkbox Install programmable thermostats
Check furnace ducts for disconnects or leaks.
Checkbox Ensure HVAC ductwork is well insulated.
Checkbox Ensure adjustable speed drives are operating properly.
Checkbox Insulate water heater, hot water piping and tanks to reduce heat loss.
Checkbox Install low-flow toilets, urinals, faucets and shower heads.
Checkbox Verify the energy management system switches into setback mode during unoccupied hours. Also, time clocks and computer controls may need adjustments after power outages or seasonal time changes.
Checkbox Install meters to track energy use.
Checkbox Save paper. Photocopy only what you need. Always use the second side of paper, either by printing on both sides or using the blank side as scrap paper.
Checkbox Collect your utility bills. Separate electricity and fuel bills. Target the largest energy consumer or the largest bill for energy conservation measures.
Checkbox Carpool, bike, or use mass transit when commuting to work.
Checkbox To save gas, drive the speed limit, accelerate and decelerate slower, remove excess/unneeded weight, reduce unnecessary idling and miles traveled, and make sure tires are pumped up.
Checkbox Consider alternative work schedules and telecommuting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from employee commuting.
Checkbox Reduce business travel by increasing phone, video, and Web conferencing and training capabilities.
Checkbox Use coffee mugs instead of disposable cups.