Energy conservation ensures that future generations have access to enough resources to live comfortably and continue progressing. It’s everyone’s responsibility, from individuals to sustainable businesses.
What Is Energy Conservation?
Energy conservation refers to adapting one’s activities to cut energy use entirely — for instance, by turning off computers instead of putting them to sleep. The term is often confused with “efficient energy use,” which, in contrast, means using less energy for everyday tasks, such as by switching to energy-efficient appliances and making sure equipment is running optimally.
Conserving energy does not just lead to a greener environment, it also reduces operating costs, prevents the depletion of resources and increases the lifespan of equipment. All of these help businesses save money in the long run and enable companies to be more competitive.
Examples of Energy Conservation in the Business World
There are a number of ways sustainable businesses can work to conserve energy:
- Smart Strips. These alternatives to regular power strips are able to sense when a device is off and cut its phantom power. Smart Strips are usually a far more convenient option than unplugging devices.
- Printing. Paper waste is a considerable concern in many workplaces; however, sustainable businesses can go a step further than simply recycling used paper by sending emails instead of printing memos and, whenever possible, printing on both sides of a sheet of paper.
- Lighting. Turning lights off when the last person leaves at the end of the work day can cut hours of wasted energy use. Companies should also consider installing motion detectors in less-frequented areas, such as break rooms and restrooms, to keep more lights turned off during the day.
- Heating and cooling. In many climates, it is a viable option to turn off air conditioning or heating during the last hour of the day. Alternatively, it may be possible to install a timer on the thermostat to turn off the heating or cooling system at regular intervals.
- Carpool. Setting up a carpool system allows employees to share rides to work limiting the number of vehicles in use on a daily basis.
Although consumers are just as responsible for energy conservation as organizations, businesses are in the position to make a greater impact than individuals and are often judged by the actions and the efforts they take to preserve the environment.
That said, how each of us conducts our life has an impact on others. The small difference we make at home can reverberate to make an ever greater difference with our neighbors and neighboring businesses.