Switch it off... At work
There are lots of ways your workplace can get involved in
Switch It Off week, and by doing so also help
you and your colleagues reduce energy use and fuel bills.
Energy Fact: On a 10p per Kilowatt hour rate, each computer
(with flat screen monitor) that's left on standby overnight and at
weekends wastes £20 a year. With increasing energy prices this
figure could well double over the next 6 months.
Everybody can take action to reduce electricity use in the
office. Find out how to
Save Electricity in the Office. Including how much it costs
your business to leave unused appliances on standby. Calculating
the costs (and carbon emissions) of leaving your PCs, printers,
photocopiers etc on unnecessarily.
download the Switch It Off poster for use in your
Free Switch It Off stickers and posters are also available
from The Carbon
Trust (search for stickers or posters in the Publications
section) or call 0800 085 2005
You could also encourage staff to take part by:
- Including Switch it Off messages in team meetings
- Holding an energy saving exhibition
- Telling your clients about how you're saving energy in your
- Emailing staff encouraging them to follow the energy saving
- Encouraging staff to Switch It Off At Home
Energy Efficiency at Work
- Switch off the lights when you can (e.g. in parts of the room
that are not being used). It is always cheaper to switch them off,
however short the time period
- Use natural light wherever possible- for example, open the
blinds rather than switch the lights on
- Screen savers don’t save energy. Switch off at least the
computer monitor when it’s not needed
- Switch off your computer if you are not going to use it for 1
hour or more and don’t forget to turn it off at night
- Last person to leave the office? Make sure all electrical
appliances are switched off
- Only print or photocopy when you really need to
- Using the kettle? Only boil the water you need
- Keep windows closed when the heating is on. If it’s too hot,
ask your Facilities Manager if it can be turned down
- Don’t block radiators with furniture – it reduces efficiency
For further tips and advice visit the Worcestershire Green Directory.
- Energy Saving
Learn more about being more energy efficient and
save money around your home.
- Climate Week
The website of
an event that happens a week every year to teach others about the
risks of climate change
- Department of Energy & Climate
A website that includes different information
on what the department is doing around the country
to help make climate change better.
- UK Climate Impacts
This website helps organisations to adapt to
inevitable climate change.
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This page was last reviewed 30 July 2013 at 14:40.
The page is next due for review 26 January 2015.