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- Disconnect or remove lamps in overhead multiple lamp fixtures. Use task lighting where needed.
- Install occupancy sensors in the proper locations to automatically turn off lighting when no one is present, and back on when they return.
- Install exit signs with Light Emitting Diodes (LED). A new LED exit sign fixture will save about 90% over an incandescent bulb's operating costs.
- Replace standard fluorescents. T8s and matched electronic ballasts provide an estimated savings of 35 to 45% of electricity operating costs.
- During the summer, set the thermostat to 78°F or higher when the workplace is occupied, and 85° F or off after business hours.
- Perform regular maintenance to keep HVAC systems running more efficiently. Maintenance activities can save up to 30% of fan energy and up to 10% of space conditioning energy use.
- Install an energy-efficient attic fan or evaporative cooler. Attic fans or evaporative coolers help reduce or replace air conditioner use.
- Turn off computer equipment if unused for more than 2 hours. To turn off computer scanners, printers and other devices that are plugged into a power strip, simply switch off the power strip after shutting down your computer.
- Choose electronic products and appliances without a built-in clock or timer. The displays are very inefficient and consume 20 to 100 watts/hour per day- enough to run a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) continuously for 10 hours.
- Use laptop computers. Laptops use up to 90% less energy than a desktop computer.
- Print with ink jet printers instead of laser printers. Ink jet printers cost less to maintain and use 90% less energy than laser printers.
For more ways to save, visit the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County: http://www.greenbizsbc.org/