Reduce your Carbon Footprint!
Some Simple Tips We All Can Do!
Snow in April?? Lack of a British Summer...there is something definitely going a rye with the globe climate. So here are a few things we can all do in our offices (and homes) to do our bit to bring down our Carbon Foot Print and treat Mother Nature a little bit better.
1. Turn off the Computer
Yes, of course this is the obvious solution but it does have a huge impact. Many of us leave our computer running 24/7 because it's convenient. Even if your computer is idle or "sleeping", it still needs the battery. Consider completely shutting off the computer or *switching the power off at the wall, when you go to bed at night. While you're at it, switch off the monitor and sound system if you're using them as well.
*1b. Cut Back on Phantom Power
Phantom power is energy that's wasted by appliances plugged in and using small bits of power while they're not being used. You can use a smart powerstrip that cuts the power when the appliance is off, unplug things when you're done with them, and use devices like the "Kill A Watt" to monitor energy consumption.
2. Use Eco-friendly Light Bulbs
Energy Star qualified CFL light bulbs use 75 percent less energy than the standard incandescent light bulb, last ten times longer and now are just as bright as standard light bulbs. Start powering your office (and home) with eco-friendly light bulbs. It's estimated each light bulb can also save £30 per light bulb.
3. Switch to Hibernate when Inactive
Allowing your computer to hibernate or sleep when it's inactive helps save resources and energy. Sleep uses a small amount of power to maintain the memory. Hibernate completely powers down the system and saves your settings on the hard disk. Sleep doesn't save as much energy, but it allows your computer to "wake" faster than hibernate. Either way, using a power-saving state can reduce usage of unneeded power.
4. Use Blackle
Heap Media created Blackle, an eco-friendly Google search engine. Based on the theory that a black Google could save 750 Megawatt-hours a year, Blackle is just that. It's identical to the real Google with an energy-saving black colour scheme. The monitor uses more resources to display white or light screens as opposed to black or dark screens, so the makers of Blackle may be on to something.
5. Add a Plant (or two)
Plants can make a huge difference in a home or office. Aside from the health benefits, plants can improve air quality considerably. A company in New Dehli did a study and added 3 different types of plants to their office building, and found that they could literally "grow their own air". The plants reduced eye irritation, headaches, lung issues, and respiratory system incidents considerably over the course of 15 years. The company also saved energy costs by around 15% thanks to the plants.
Look out for a further 5 more tips in our next newsletter, to help you reduce your carbon foot print.