Energy-saving tips for everyone

June 17, 2015

No matter what their role or position, everyone can pitch in to save energy. Here are ideas for:

  • Employees
  • Executives
  • Building managers

Email them, read them at your next staff meeting, add them to your intranet, or post them in high visibility areas like break rooms, elevators, and lobbies … whatever it takes to get the word out!

Tips for employees

  • Give it a Rest: Use the ENERGY STAR power management settings on your computer and monitor so they go into power save mode when not in use.
  • Unplug It: Unplug electronics such as cell phones and laptops once they’re charged.
  • Light Up Your Work Life: Replace the light bulb in your desk lamp with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb.
  • Let It Flow: Keep air vents clear of paper, files, and office supplies.
  • Team Up: Create a Green Team with your co-workers, help build support for energy efficiency in your workplace, and reduce office waste.

Tips for executives

  • Take It to Your Team: To get your organization started on the road to saving energy, EPA recommends a strategic approach that starts with you.
  • Performance Matters: Understanding past and current energy use is how many organizations identify opportunities to improve energy performance and gain financial benefits.
  • Earn the ENERGY STAR: Buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR use, on average, 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and offer a significantly smaller carbon footprint.
  • Waste Not: High utility costs are often a result of paying for energy that is wasted by lights, equipment, and heating/air-conditioning systems that are left on for long periods while not in use.
  • Spread the Word: There are a variety of ways, large and small, to promote your partnership with EPA and celebrate your energy efficiency achievements.

Tips for building managers

  • Give Your Building a Tune-Up: Regularly examine building equipment, systems, and maintenance procedures to make sure your building is operating as efficiently as possible.
  • Improve Lighting Systems: Lighting consumes 25 – 30 percent of energy in commercial buildings.
  • Take a Look Inside and Out: Reducing the amount of energy used by inefficient office equipment and other products can save energy and money.
  • Upgrade Fan Systems: Air-handling systems move air throughout a building and therefore directly affect the comfort of building occupants.
  • Raise the Bar for Heating and Cooling Systems: Heating and cooling systems are large consumers of energy in buildings and offer great opportunities for saving energy and increasing the comfort of building occupants.

View more energy saving tips in this article by Energy Star.

The Michigan Chambers Utility & Telecom Savings program can help you to identify other ways to save money on your utility and telecommunications bills. Through our exclusive partnership with Tenurgy, we are able to perform a thorough analysis of your utility billing, leading to past financial recovery and ongoing monthly savings.