How to save energy at work?

Companies are invited to encourage their employees to actively participate in reducing their energy consumption on a daily basis through the following tips.

Optimising lighting

  • Maximise the use of daylight
  • Adjust the blinds accordingly
  • Instead of lighting the entire floor, use a desk lamp if needed

Best practices at the office

  • Use the energy-saving modes of your hardware, e.g. standby mode, adjusting the display brightness, deactivating unnecessary functions
  • Limit the use of the copy machine as much as possible. Every page not printed saves electricity and resources in general. Strive to work in a “paperless” manner.
  • Maintain a reasonable room temperature accordingly:
    • In winter, the maximum temperature should be 20°C. 
    • In summer, only turn the air conditioning on if the temperature exceeds 26°C.
  • Keep track of the room temperature by using the thermometers provided at work.
  • To aerate, open the windows wide and for a short time.

Best practices in common areas

  • Commit to lowering energy consumption in common areas, such as meeting rooms, kitchens, sanitary facilities, and outdoors.
  • Report any unnecessary waste of energy or drinking water to management.

Best practices in workshops

  • Along with my colleagues, determine the most efficient and optimal use of energy appliances, such as electric pallet trucks, cold storage rooms, manufacturing machines, air compressors, packing machines, etc.

Optimising transportation and mobility

  • For work-related travel, I check with my superior whether I can use alternative means of transport, e.g. free public transport, company bicycles.
  • Try to organise joint trips with your co-workers whenever possible.

Training employees in energy consumption

  • Talk to your supervisor to explore additional training opportunities to reduce resource consumption.