√ Reduce lighting. Take advantage of natural daylight. Turning lights off or dimming them during the day allows for lower energy costs and a more comfortable environment. Also, remove excess lighting, and turn off signage and other lights not necessary for security and safety.
√ Install occupancy sensors. These inexpensive devices can reduce lighting costs up to 40% by turning off lights in unoccupied areas.
√ Use LED fixtures. Replace incandescent lights in exit signs with LED fixtures. This can reduce costs of these signs by up to 95%.
√ Maintain temperature. Keep the setting no lower than 78°F during occupied times, as comfort allows. Turn off air conditioning when it’s not needed.
√ Install programmable thermostats. Smart thermostats automatically control temperature settings on heating and air conditioning equipment.
√ Perform routine maintenance. Follow a routine maintenance schedule to help your air conditioning equipment run efficiently and last longer.
√ Power down equipment. Turn off or set office equipment to power down when not in use. Turning off one computer and monitor nightly and on weekends can save up to $80 a year. And setting PCs, monitors and copiers to use sleep mode when not in use can help cut energy costs by up to 50%.
√ Invest in energy-efficient equipment. When upgrading or adding new equipment, look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol, which indicates the equipment meets federal standards for energy efficiency.
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