From Dean Dowd on February 25, 2009 in Green Remodeling
Even if on idle or stand-by your office equipment uses energy. According to PG&E the biggest energy users are in your home office and home entertainment systems. In stand-by mode your computer will use 21 kilowatts of power in one year and, when powered up over the same timeframe it will use 223 kilowatts. Do you know what the top energy wasters are in the typical home office?
There are roughly 4.5 million home offices in the United States. Having an understanding of the top energy wasting equipment and how you can take measures to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions will enable you to make smarter choices in your home office environment.
Top Energy Wasters
- Tablet PCs
- Notebook computers
- Fax machines
Self Audit Gizmo
Theres a great little handheld gizmo called the Kill A Watt meter by P3 International http://www.p3international.com/products/special/P4400/P4400-CE.html that will give you a reliable reading on your equipments energy consumption. Its a cinch to use and its only $40.
Improving Your Energy Consumption and Your World
- Use Energy Star labeled office equipment. You will reap mega savings as much as 90% savings for some products, and they use about half the electricity of non Energy Star products.
- Make sure your computers power management system is properly programmed and your sleep mode enabled this alone will save around 900 kilowatt hours per year. Going into low power mode also helps equipment run cooler and last longer. How to: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=power_mgt.pr_power_management
- Unplug your office equipment every day. Remember, your equipment is always draining electricity whether the switch is on or off.
- Buy a laptop they use significantly less energy than desktop computers.
- Get rid of the CRT screen and replace it with an LCD monitor they use 50 to 70% less power. Invest in an Energy Star LCD monitor for additional savings. Ultra-efficient LCDs give you another 25% added efficiency over the Energy Star Standard.
Remember, replace inefficient equipment with Energy Star labeled equipment and change how you use the equipment (unplugging, sleep-mode) and your home office will be well on its way to saving money and energy.