Tips for reducing power usage

Here are some suggestions for things you can do to save energy and contribute to sustainable development.

  • All devices not turned off at the switch use energy when they are in standby mode.
  • Many battery chargers and transformers that are plugged in use electricity even when not in use.
  • Review the settings and make sure that power saving modes are enabled on copiers and similar.
  • Use a power strip to turn off all peripheral devices to the computer when not in use.
  • Switch to energy saving light bulbs where possible. Energy saving light bulbs consume only one-fifth as much electricity compared to standard incandescent bulbs. At the same time they last ten times longer.
  • Turn off fluorescent lamps and energy saving light bulbs if you are away for more than ten minutes. Fluorescent tubes and energy saving light bulbs do not use a lot of energy when they light up, but their life is a little shorter if you turn them on and off very often.
  • Every degree you lower the indoor temperature reduces heating costs by about five percent.
  • Reduce energy use for comfort cooling. What is really important is to have effective sun protection and to minimise heat dissipation from office equipment and lighting.
  • Do not rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. It's just a waste of water. Scrape food scraps instead. Do not run the dishwasher until it is full.

Sources:
Be energy smart - a campaign from the Swedish Energy Agency, the National Environmental Protection Agency.
EEF - EnergiEffektiviseringsFöretagen.

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