Energy-Saving Tips for Your Office Equipment

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Computers, printers, and copiers use (and waste!) a significant amount of energy. By paying close attention to your equipment, you can cut your energy costs.

Try these simple tips:

  • Turn off equipment when not in use.
    This is the simplest and most cost-effective way to reduce energy waste, but it is often overlooked. It's a common misconception that computers and other equipment will last longer if left on all the time.
  • Enable power management settings.
    Computers, printers, and copiers are regularly left on and idle throughout the day, wasting energy. You can save a significant amount of energy by using power-management features. Desktop computers, for example, use an average of 95 percent less energy in sleep mode.
  • Turn off screen savers.
    Contrary to popular belief, screen savers waste energy by keeping computers active.
  • Switch to laptops.
    When upgrading computers, purchase laptop models. Today's laptops can perform most office-related tasks, while using much less energy than desktop models.
  • Share printers.
    Printers use a surprising amount of energy, especially when there is one for each office. Network your printers so that they are shared by multiple employees. This saves on operating costs and helps reduce paper waste.
  • Use a power strip.
    Office equipment continues to draw power even when turned off or in sleep mode. Stop energy waste by using a power strip to shut off power to multiple devices on nights and weekends.
  • Unplug chargers.
    Battery chargers for laptops, phones, and other equipment use energy even when no devices are being charged.
  • Buy ENERGY STAR.
    When installing new computers and office equipment, purchase ENERGY STAR rated models. ENERGY STAR devices use significantly less energy than standard models.

See our Save Money section for more energy-saving ideas and information about PG&E rebates and incentive programs.


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