Energy conservation at work saves resources, slows climate change and leaves the boss with more money for your bonus!
The cost of energy is rising and the effects of pollution increasing.
Many people waste energy at work in ways they would never consider doing at home. People leave their computers on overnight, leave rooms with the lights on, don't adjust the setting on their equipment to save power and as a consequence, tonnes of greenhouse gases are emitted.
But with a few tweaks to our daily work routine we can cut our energy use at work by about one-third.
These easy-to-do steps will prevent tonnes of CO2 being emitted into the environment:
In addition, turn off your screen saver, as they generally use more energy than they save.
In addition to the above actions - ones everyone can do - try working with your managers to further reduce the energy use of your workplace. Here are some ideas:
In order for humans to move towards sustainability, we must become more efficient in our use of energy in all aspects of our lives. This action cuts a significant chunk out of the energy use in an average workplace through simple behavioural change and use of existing technology - and it generates long-term returns (financial, environmental and intergenerational).
By reducing our energy use we directly reduce our contribution to climate change and start to shift our thinking towards how we can support nature rather than carelessly assuming nature will always provide for us.
Increased greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, as a result of human activity, are causing changes in our climate. The result is expected to include the expansion of current tropical disease zones, which means the spread south of such diseases as Malaria and Ross River fever. Climate change is also resulting in an increase in severe weather events (eg storms and droughts) and will cause the sea level to rise over the coming century. Using less energy can help us avoid the worst of these implications.
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