National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Simple Steps for Energy Conservation and Trimming the Budget

When I was a kid my father always made me turn off the lights and unplug my surge protectors when I left the house. Over the course of a year the savings slight, over the course of 10 years the savings was very noticeable. Seems like the same concept could be applied to government office buildings. Step 1: Have IT automate computers to go into sleep mode after working hours. (Users will be prompted daily if they wish to bypass sleep mode ) Step 2: Motion dection on light switches and update light bulbs. Step 3: Mandate non critical devices to be powered off for non-working hours (printers, fax machines, shredders, coffee machines, etc.) Step 4: Put thermostat on a timer to minimize energy consumption during non-working hours Step 5: Reduce the number of mechanism that use energy and resources (email faxing over fax machines, VoIP over telephones, etc.) Also switch over products to energy star certified equipment , if applicable (ex. mini-fridges, LCD monitors) Step 6: Update to water conservative facilities (showers, toilets, faucets, etc.) Step 7: Require recycling bins next to printers and fax machines (to often I see someone throw away a failed print or fax job instead of recycling) Ste 8: Get feedback from the employees. Each workplace is different and knowing what resources are being wasted will be best known by the employees that use those resources. Small savings over a large scale and a long time interval make a significant difference.

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