According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, office equipment is one of the fastest-growing electricity uses in commercial buildings in the United States.
“It (office equipment) directly consumes 7% of total commercial electric energy, which translates into $1.8 billion in electricity costs to businesses. Furthermore, energy consumption due to office equipment and related energy systems is expected to continue to rise.”
Due to efforts between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the office equipment manufacturing industry, identifying and utilizing energy-efficient office equipment is much easier today than it was even five years ago. Energy-efficient equipment can be recognized by looking for the ENERGY STAR label and automatically powers down when not used for a period of time, reducing energy use by 50 percent or more.
The following types of office equipment are available in energy-efficient models:
· Fax machines
· Multi-function devices
In addition to implementing energy-efficient office equipment, it is also essential to address behavioral opportunities with your employees. Just as you would turn off or power down a personal computer, you want to make sure those energy-saving habits are translated to the work place.
For additional information, including a listing of available energy-efficient office equipment, visit the ENERGY STAR website.
Photo credit: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy