In western culture a majority of our time per week is spent in the workplace. At 1 Million Women, we often talk about reducing our carbon footprint at home, but with so many hours per week spent in our places of work, shouldn't we look at our eco-habits in the office too? When it comes to heating and cooling your workplace, you can easily make these systems more energy efficient, saving money and cutting pollution at the same time.
Here are some ideas to try...
- 1. Open windows - if you can - instead of using air conditioners. Remember that most air conditioning systems provide less than 10% fresh air (no wonder you often feel sleepy!).
- 2. Ask your service manager to program your climate control systems to turn off at the end of each day and on weekends – there’s no point heating and cooling empty offices.
- 3. Position electrical equipment (eg printers, faxes) away from thermostats to avoid false temperature readings and consequent over-cooling.
- 4. Have your heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems regularly serviced to ensure they operate at maximum efficiency. Most air conditioning simultaneously runs heating and cooling processes to try to maintain the often prescribed 22 degrees Celsius.