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VA Green Routine

Energy Efficiency Tips and Facts

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  • When possible use natural light by opening blinds during the day; keep blinds drawn during a hot summer day.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and turn off lights when leaving rooms for more than a few minutes.
  • Make sure floor or wall vents are not blocked by furniture or other barriers.
  • Unplug cell phone chargers when not in use; they continue to use power when plugged in even if they are not actively charging a cell phone.
  • Share printers with co-workers instead of maintaining individual printers.
  • When possible print in black and white rather than color.
  • Connect your office electronics to a power strip and switch them off at the end of the day. See related fact (2)
  • When possible, use the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Unplug or turn off appliances and electronics when they are not in use.  See related fact (1)
  • Use a thermos instead of a hot plate or electric warmer.
  • Avoid using space heaters.

Did you know…

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  1. …that offices account for approximately 1/5 of commercial energy consumption?
    Maryland Department of the Environment, 2005
  2. …that if one thousand employees turned off their computer monitors at night the electricity saved could power 52 homes?
    United States Department of Justice — Green Your Office