These days a lot of business is done digitally. Whether it be on a laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone, many office staff spend much of the day online.

Having lots of electrical equipment powered up and in constant use is a drain on your energy resources, but there could be ways your team can make savings while they surf.

Search and Save

Did you know the colour of a computer screen can make all the difference to the amount of energy the equipment uses? A monitor needs more energy to power a white (light) screen, than a black (dark) screen. Blackle searches are powered by Google, so you get the same search function, but the difference is that the screen is predominantly black, saving up to 750 mega-watt hours a year.

If your staff can’t face looking at a black screen, start by adjusting the brightness on your organisation’s machines. You could consider using darker screen colours for your business’s intranet.

Turn off

Staff are usually keen to get out of the office, but taking an extra few seconds to turn off a computer every night could save up to £35 per year, per monitor (depending on your business electricity prices).

Sleep mode

Make sure staff put their computers into ‘sleep mode’ when they go to lunch or a meeting. This means that the monitor will switch off after a certain time period, reducing the amount of energy that the system is using.

Laptop

Laptops use less power than desktop computers and tablets and smartphones use even less. Newer machines are more energy efficient, so consider replacing old equipment if you’re serious about energy saving and reducing business electricity costs – remember you’re investing in the future of the company.

Green team

It’s not enough for a few people to make these changes. The whole team needs to be on board with the initiatives to really see the benefits. Putting up energy saving posters to remind staff can make a difference. Larger companies should think about appointing a ‘green team’ to help spread and promote the energy-saving message.

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