As part of the green revolution, more and more companies are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, and rightfully so. The effects of the emissions of harmful chemicals being released into the atmosphere have become increasingly clear. Many corporations that opt to use renewable resources to fuel their facilities and services out of concern for their environmental impact. An added bonus to these efforts is a marked reduction in operating costs. Here are a few energy efficient devices that can be added to any energy conservation plan to enhance its effectiveness and lower overhead costs in the meantime.
Solar-Powered Gadget Charger
It’s extremely common for smartphone and tablet owners to leave their gadget chargers plugged into the wall as a constant place for them to stay. This creates convenience for the user by eliminating the need to crawl under desks and search for an outlet each time they need to charge something.
The downside of this setup is the “vampire power” that the cords pull when they’re plugged while they aren’t in use. Combat this entire scenario by equipping your office staff with solar-powered gadget chargers. They can leave these new chargers near a window to charge and end the vampire effect.
Even though boot-up times have decreased exponentially, it’s still a common practice to leave computers running overnight, partially because many users believe the machines require a substantial amount of energy to boot up. Modern innovation has changed all that, and it’s not necessary to leave any electric devices turned on overnight.
Today, computers do use a fair amount of power, but turning them off overnight will minimize that. The computer will also likely last longer, as the components will be exposed to less stress.
One of the biggest arguments made by people who leave their computer running constantly is the convenience of always having it ready to go. Work with this by encouraging your employees set their computer to a power save mode when they step away. This can be made extremely easy with the Ecobutton. It’s a USB device that allows you to quickly set your computer to the most economical and efficient power mode possible. This is similar to a shut down, but a quick press of any key wakes it right up again, and they will find themselves right where they left off.
Energy Star Rated Appliances
Sure they’re not exactly devices, but you might be surprised how much energy you can save by replacing that outdated refrigerator in your employee break room. Generally speaking refrigerators should be replaced within 10 years. Chances are the unit that’s hissing away next to the water cooler is in dire need of an upgrade.
Older models of microwaves and other appliances also use more energy than newer models. Not only do they pull more energy in the first place, but they tend to be less effective as well. Look into replacing these units and watch the savings pile up.
The window socket is one alternative to the solar powered gadget charger. It will come in handy for employees who have run out of outlets, or whose workstations aren’t near an available outlet.
This is one of the most innovative ways of conserving energy to emerge recently. The Window Socket is a solar powered outlet that uses a suction cup to adhere to any window surface. Its mini-solar panel collects energy to power devices on the go or at home. Simply stick it to an exterior window and let it charge for six hours. Once charging is complete, you can bring it anywhere and charge devices on the go, or use it in areas of the office that are away from traditional outlets.
Energy Efficient Printer
A staple in any office, your company printers may be gobbling up more energy than you realize. As with kitchen appliances, printers usually need to be replaced periodically. Look for Energy Star rated models, and upgrade your printers to these new, energy efficient ones. Don’t hesitate to switch to 100 percent recycled paper either.
Give these energy efficient devices a try and see what it does for your energy bills over the course of the next year or so. Added to an existing energy-saving plan, these products will surely give you just the nudge you need toward operating at a more affordable cost level, and easing the burden on the environment in the process. Feel free to share any personal experiences you have as far as energy savings and reducing operating costs.