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There are many no- and low-cost steps you can take to reduce your energy consumption and control costs. And some upgrades are eligible for cash incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon.
Turn off lights when not in use or when natural daylight is sufficient. This can reduce lighting expenses by 10 to 40 percent!
Upgrade your lighting with new energy-efficient bulbs and fixtures, and use controls to save energy and improve lighting quality. Cash incentives may be available from Energy Trust. Or purchase reduced-cost bulbs through the LAMP program, which gives a portion of proceeds to Central City Concern (this program is run by Lloyd Eco District, but is open to all organizations in Portland).
Set computers, computer monitors, printers, copiers and other office equipment to sleep when not in use.
Consolidate stand-alone office equipment to be shared by multiple users. Typical cost savings can reach 30 to 40 percent for electricity, hardware, supplies, and maintenance!
Set back thermostats for evening and weekend hours, and adjust temperatures seasonally. Or even better, install programmable thermostats to automatically reduce heating and air conditioning during closed hours. Cash incentives may be available.
Close your shades and blinds in the summer to keep your office cool – during the day, and before everyone goes home in the evening and on weekends.
Talk with Energy Trust about how to take the next step and improve the efficiency of your workplace.