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Energy saving: the office


The office intended as a workplace is the environment that, after the home, has the greatest room for improvement in terms of energy saving. Just respect some elementary rules, call them policies or call them energy vademecum, and the results are shown in black and white on the bill.

The results of the energy saving you can see it especially if the office is large, there are many people and you work with computers and printers. However, do not forget that the largest expenditure item in the office in terms of power is related to winter heating and al summer cooling, two voices that call into question the quality of the building and, upstream, the way it was designed and built.

The other important item of the energy saving At the office is that oflighting, which deserves a chapter of its own for the pervasiveness of the devices (there is no room that does not have a light point) and also for the reflections on the well-being in the office, another aspect that deserves further study. So for save energy in the office we have to think about heating & cooling and lighting; we add a third item dedicated to 'various electronic devices'.

Lighting. Let's start with the most obvious things, and perhaps for this reason the most neglected. When you leave a room, remember to turn off the lights, including those in the bathrooms; use natural light as much as possible (which is healthier) by arranging desks near windows: this will help you not to turn on the lights too often and not strain your eyes.

Check theefficiency of the lighting system. Keep in mind that by replacing old incandescent light bulbs with more efficient devices (for example compact fluorescent) it is possible to immediately save 75-80% of electricity without sacrificing anything in terms of comfort and light quality. Consider adopting a well-established technology such asled illumination, definitely convenient despite requiring an initial investment.

Heating and air conditioning. The radiator thermostat must be set to reasonable levels, usually 20-22 ° C; if in winter it is too hot, do not open the windows but lower the temperature of the radiators; make sure that the radiators are not blocked by furniture or archives which absorb the heat. In summer, adjust the thermostat of the air conditioners so as to have a temperature difference between the outside and the inside of no more than 5 degrees; keep doors that separate different temperature areas closed.

Various electronic devices. Remember to turn off your computer and monitor when you are not using them; turn on the devices only when you really need them; share the printers and set the economic copy modes (all models now have functions of this type and know that a good supplier must also advise you on a rational and efficient use of the machines); turn off the machines at night; recharge batteries and accumulators in time slot F3, the one with the least load. Last thing, a little off topic, the lift: it is the most energy-intensive system ever and it would be good not to use it if you only have to climb a few flights of stairs, you will also gain health.



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