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Ways to Conserve Energy at Work

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Conserving energy doesn't need to stop when you leave your house. At about 40 hours a week outside of the home, the workplace is the second most-frequented place we spend our time. Continuing to recycle and go green once in the office is just as critical as doing it at home. Although it can take some time to adjust to new habits, small changes can have significant impacts on the environment—and the bills. The Energy Information Administration suggested that if commercial buildings and worksites were to reduce their energy efficiency by a mere 10 percent, the economy would save more than $20 billion a year.

What can be done at work to reduce our environmental footprint? By carpooling, going green starts before even clocking in. Ride-sharing helps to cut back on the ozone-damaging carbon emissions released from our vehicles when fuel is burned, meaning cleaner air and a stronger protective atmosphere. When you are at the office, locking the thermostat to a temperature between 68 and 70 degrees helps boost heating and cooling efficiency, while turning off screen savers keeps electricity from being wasted. When it comes to endless office paperwork, go digital and save paper by utilizing email, chat, cloud services and other telecommunication methods. Check out this playlist to learn more about the tiny ways you can make a big impact at the office.

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Watch more How to Help Save the Environment videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/155576-How-to-Green-Your-Child Make every day “Take Your Green Values to Work” day! Step 1: Save paper Save paper by using digital files and printing double-sided whenever possible. Print only when necessary. Step 2: Use recycled paper Encourage your office to purchase chlorine-free paper with high post-consumer recycled content. Reuse mailers and cartons, and recycle paper after use. Step 3: Use a ceramic mug Bring in your own ceramic mug so you don’t have to use disposable cups. Step 4: Bring cutlery Bring real cutlery and a cloth napkin to work every day to use with your homemade lunch. If you’re getting takeout, ask them not to put napkins and plastic cutlery in the bag. Step 5: Use plastic containers Bring lunch from home in reusable containers instead of in aluminum foil and plastic bags. Tip Plastic containers come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes—from sandwich-shaped to one that features separate covered sections for dips and condiments. Step 6: Use free sunlight and air When the sun shines, open the shades and use minimal artificial light. If it’s not too hot, open the windows and turn off the air-conditioning. Step 7: Unplug Set computers to power down when not in use, and unplug them at night. Step 8: Tap into savings Offer guests tap water in glasses rather than bottled water. Step 9: Work from home Ask your employer to consider letting employees work from home a few days a week, to cut down on commuting. Did You Know? Office computers waste $1 billion worth of electricity each year by being left on when they are not in use.
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Watch more How to Help Save the Environment videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/195943-How-to-Cancel-a-Catalog Preserving the environment is not only the right thing to do—it can result in significant cost savings for your business. Step 1: Educate yourself Educate yourself about the local, state, and federal environmental regulations that apply to your business. Failing to follow applicable regulations can lead to costly fines and penalties. Step 2: Evaluate your business Take a look at the waste your business produces, and see how you can reduce it. Step 3: Save paper Save paper. Recycle paper products and encourage employees to archive their work electronically—and not print out every email or document that comes their way. Step 4: Drink smart Instead of supplying cans of soda, install a fountain. Use a water cooler instead of bottled water. Tip If you provide coffee for your employees, stop providing disposable cups and encourage them to bring in their own mugs. Step 5: Lower the thermostat Lower the thermostat in winter and encourage people to bring in light sweaters to wear in the office. Step 6: Use CFBs Replace your lightbulbs with the more energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. Step 7: Get an energy audit Your utility company will provide a free or low-cost energy audit that recommends ways to improve your energy efficiency, which will result in lower energy bills. Step 8: Reduce travel Reduce traveling by using alternatives like teleconferencing. Tip Cut down on car pollution by letting some employees work from home. Step 9: Buy green Tell your suppliers you’re interested in purchasing equipment and supplies that are recycled, renewable, or refurbished. If possible, only work with companies that are environmentally conscious as well. Step 10: Detoxify Properly dispose of things like copy-machine toner and batteries. Step 11: Recycle old electronics Recycle old electronics like computers and company cell phones by donating them to charitable causes or returning them to manufacturers who can salvage parts. Step 12: Get everyone involved Make your employees part of the process by soliciting suggestions and rewarding employees who make environmental contributions. Did You Know? General Mills now recycles its oat hulls, a byproduct of making Cheerios. In 2006, the company recycled over 86 percent of its solid waste, earning more than what it had cost to get rid of it.
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Going green business solutions! Learn how to set up a server to help your workplace go green, paperless in this free video on earth conscious business solutions. Expert: Frank Torres Bio: Frank Torres has planned and sold cruise vacations for hundreds of clients for such vendors as Orbitz, Priceline and Hotwire. He currently resides in Central Florida. Filmmaker: Suzie Vigoin
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Watch more Green Living Guide videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/514809-How-to-Make-Shopping-EcoFriendly-Green-Living Learn how to motivate your employees to carpool or take public transportation in this Howcast video featuring Alegre of Green and Greener. Hi, Alegre from Ember Living here today to talk about how to incentivize carpooling at your place of work. First of all, if you work in an office, a great way to incentivize carpooling, if you are in the sort of leadership position where you can make this decision, is to offer some sort of raffle for anyone who carpools or takes public transportation. Just simply enter peoples' names into a raffle and they earn some sort of prize or incentive or money or something like that. A second thing you can do is literally to pay for the bus passes or other public transportation yourself. I've even heard of some work places where they'll actually give people a bike if people agree to bike to work. Finally, if you're in the sort of work environment that's not an office space, say a retail store or a restaurant, I would encourage you to offer your patrons a discount for getting to your place of business without a car. When I owned a store, I offered a 10% discount for anyone who got there by not driving. And that's just a great way to do your part and give people food for thought and think about "huh, maybe I will walk there or take the bus there or bicycle there". It's something that benefits the individual, the environment, and the community all the way around, as all green living should. For more tips like this, visit my website: EmberLiving.com.
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Canadians work hard at saving energy, but ask yourself, why do we switch off lights and turn down thermostats at home, but not in the workplace? 16:9 looks at how Canadian innovation is changing the way we consume energy at work. Allison Vuchnich reports.
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If you still have piles of mail, papers and receipts laying around your home and office, you may wonder where the promise of the paperless life went. With a little organization you can still have it! Personal tech expert Carley Knobloch reviews a few digital products that can help you scan, save and shred your way to a clear desk.
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The story of the Radish is a mix of MAKE with an environmental flare. Watch how 20% time has enabled a device that runs on indoor solar and updates epaper every hour. See this article for more information on the Radish: http://code.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=97266&topic=12025
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