Green and Save-10 Tips For Reducing Eyecare Energy Use

Go Green and Save Green by Nancy Sleeth

One of the top ways the eyecare professional can Save Green is by saving energy. Improving energy efficiency can save about $4,000 a year in a 10,000 square foot office or by 10-40% per year.

The first step in saving energy is conducting an energy audit.  Many energy audits are free from utility companies or you can conduct a free online energy audit to find out where you can save money such as  Saving Green’s  Free Energy Efficiency Checkup . At that time depending on the size of your office you can decide to have a visual walk through, prioritizing recommendations for maximum savings and efficiency. That will cost, but can be repaid back by the energy savings.

Commercial buildings use 18% of the energy in the country. 25% of that is for lighting alone. In fact looking at energy guzzlers, not only include lighting, but hot water heaters, vending machines, cell phone chargers, coffee makers, cable boxes, copy machines, fax machines any and everything that plugs into a wall or has an on off switch.

Top 11 Green and Save Energy Tips

  1. Put your computers on sleep mode and best if turned off at nite or if not in use for an hour. 10 Employees can save $500 a year in energy costs. Note to Staff: Screen Savers do not save energy.
  2. Unplug all devices if not in use or rarely used devices. Unplugging devices when not in use can save 1-2% of energy costs. (Chargers, coffee makers, fax machines, microwaves)
  3. Turn off all office equipment at nite, copiers, printers, fax machines. Office equipment accounts for 16% of energy waste.
  4. Heating and Cooling-Put in an Energy Star Thermostat or even leave the Thermostat off and open windows and doors. You can save about 10% on yoru electricity bill just by adjusting the thermostat by 1 or 2 degrees.
  5. Turn off lights- use natural lighting as much as possible- if not available consider putting in motion detector lights in each room. Savings up to $10.00 a day.
  6. Use CFL or LED lighting- savings can be up to 75% of total energy costs.
  7. Office Equipment- Purchase Energy Star rated equipment. Energy Star certified computers and other devices are more  energy efficient that regular computers. Laptops are more energy efficient that desktops.
  8. Refrigerators- Single biggest energy consuming kitchen appliance. Opening and closing the close cost between $30-$50 in energy bills. Keep full, stuff with paper or tubs of water. A full Fridge is more energy efficient than an empty one.
  9. Use Power Strips a
  10. Turn down the water heater. Turning down the water heater to 12o degree F can save up to $11/ month
  11. Appoint an Energy Staff member- who is charge of checking plugs, electrical usage and help get the team office into the ‘Green and Save’ Mode.

I went to The  Fill out our Free Energy Efficiency Checkup just to check out what my savings could be. It is a very quick survey (about 10 minutes for home and office). In all fairness, I did an energy survey back in 2007 and brought my electric bill down from $50 a month to an average of $15.00 per month. ($9 was my lowest and $28 was my highest) They do work and after taking this test I could do more.

Here are my results:

  • Windows/ Insulation- I could save 49.4-59.9 % if I insulated and fixed my windows.
  • Gas and Electricity Usage- I have never turned on the heat, I don’t use the dryer (line dry everything) but my water heater is not insulated. But my potential savings are 59.4- 73.4% if I had an energy star washing machine, and insulated my water heater.
  • Water Bill- I live in a condo and don’t get a water bill, but I have reduced putting in an instant hot water heater, 3 minute showers and saving shower water for plants and I have all native and drought resistant plants. (We are on water rationing in California.)

It take a few minutes to take the test and could be worth green!

To purchase the book Go Green Save Green visit Amazon here: Go Green, Save Green: A Simple Guide to Saving Time, Money, and God’s Green Earth

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