Q: How can I save energy working at home?
A: There are some tips that can help you keep your workplace eco-friendly.
- Plug in your computer and other devices to a surge protector and always turn them off when you’re finished working, so they won’t draw energy while you’re not using them.
- High-tech computers, copiers, monitors and printers have a power management function that provides an option to use up to 50% less electricity.
- A screensaver does not help to save energy. It is better to set your computer so the monitor turns off after a few minutes of inactivity.
- If you’re not going to work on your computer for less than 15 minutes, don’t turn it off. The quantity of energy used during turning it back on will be higher.
- A video or sound card can vary in terms of its energy consumption. Ask your computer dealer which one would be best for you.
- Never leave a phone, battery or camera charger plugged in. They draw power even if they’re not connected to any device.
- Keep your printer off all the time when you’re not using it. Doing this can save up to 80% of the total energy needed for its use.
- Avoid printing when it’s not needed. It is better to write down a sentence or two. Use recycled paper.
- Don’t forget that all devices draw power 24 hours a day if they have stand-by function. Unplug them while they are not in use.
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