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Office Equipment

  • Turn off or deploy the standby-mode on office equipment, including computers, monitors, printers and faxes when not in use. This not only helps reduce energy but helps equipment run cooler, last longer and could reduce your air conditioning usage.
  • Consider using battery-powered laptop computers in place of docking stations, and charge the batteries at night during off-peak hours.
  • Use laptop computers where possible. They consume 90 percent less energy than desktop computers.
  • When purchasing PCs, monitors, printers, fax machines and copiers, consider buying ENERGY STAR ® models, which are up to 40 percent more efficient and can switch to a power-saving mode when not in use.
  • Make sure your monitors are sized appropriately for usage. A 14-inch color monitor uses up to 50 percent more energy than a 10-inch color monitor. Increasing the resolution of a color CRT increases power per square inch by about 22 percent.
  • Don't rely on screen savers to save energy because they save phosphors in the screen, not energy.
  • Ink-jet printers consume 90 percent less energy than laser printers. Inkjet fax machines have a low standby-energy rating and use about 10 percent of the energy required by laser fax machines.
  • Copiers use more energy per unit than any other type of office equipment. Paper-reducing strategies, such as double-sided printing, re-using paper, and using e-mail instead of sending memos or faxing documents not only save energy, but conserve other resources, such as staff time, paper and waste.
  • A multifunction device (MFD) combines printing, scanning and faxing into one piece of equipment, reducing your equipment costs and energy costs. When purchasing an MFD, consider one with an ENERGY STAR rating to reduce its energy costs by as much as 40 percent.