Your work is going green, are you following?   

Tags: Electricity, Energy Efficiency

I caught an interesting tidbit of information in Avista’s EnergySolutions newsletter that I thought was worth sharing. The article, when you get right down to it, is asking if you have extra personal appliances running at your desk or work space that might be off-setting your company or building’s energy efficiency efforts. Check out the article here.

Personally, I’ve got one bad check mark on the list - a little fan, so nobody’s perfect. I’ve also got a dock for my iPod, but it’s only plugged in when my device is dead, so I’m not counting that. I’m not using a toaster oven, microwave, space heater or mini-fridge at my desk, so I’m feeling pretty OK about my energy consumption while at work. Who has a toaster at their desks anyway? Weird.

Yet apparently, there are people out there creating mini-hotel suites at their desks that are certainly making an impact on a company’s utility bill. We’re pretty efficient at Avista – you know, that whole walk the talk thing – so very large groups of people (or an entire floor or office) share appliances – no metropolis of toasters or microwaves. How is your company doing?

As energy costs rise, companies will undoubtedly try to save energy in every possible place, including your desk – so be smart about your usage. The best advice is to unplug items when they aren’t in use and be conservative about what you use and also share appliances with others when possible. Read more about office energy usage here. Toast anyone?

Posted by  System Account  on  8/13/2009
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