New Tool Offers Tips for Greener
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created
a new online tool to provide Americans with tips and information on how to save
energy and protect the environment in the workplace.
Energy use in commercial buildings and manufacturing
plants accounts for nearly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and nearly 50
percent of energy consumption nationwide. With the average American worker
spending almost 8 hours a day at their place of employment, the workplace offers
a unique opportunity for people to make a significant impact in the fight
against climate change, the agency says.
"Millions of Americans are already doing their part
to save energy by being more energy efficient at home," said Robert J. Meyers,
EPA's principal deputy assistant administrator for Air and Radiation. "With help
from EPA's Energy Star program, we can also take many of the same energy
efficient steps in the workplace."
Energy Star @ Work is an animated image of a typical
office work space with tips and links to information employees can use--from
starting a Green Team in the office to simply changing a desk lamp bulb.
Some of the tips included in the Energy Star @ Work
Replace the bulbs in desk lamps with
Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs. These light bulbs use
about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times
Energy Star qualified lamps and light
fixtures also are available for even more energy savings.
Use a power strip as a central "turn off"
point when you are done using office equipment to completely disconnect the
power supply. Even when turned off, electronic and IT equipment often use a
small amount of electricity when plugged in.
Remember to turn off your lights when
leaving conference rooms and your work space, especially at the end of the
Use Energy Star qualified battery chargers
or power adapters which, on average, use 30-35 percent less energy than
conventional models. Don't forget to unplug battery chargers or power adapters
when equipment is fully charged or disconnected from the charger.
Get involved! Create a Green Team with your
co-workers, help reduce office waste, and set a goal to earn the Energy Star
label for your building.
EPA also offers energy-saving tips for building
managers, executives, and small businesses; information on taking the Energy
Star Challenge; and a downloadable tip card to pass along to friends, family,