1. Increase the sleep mode on your office computers
40% of the energy it takes to run your computer goes to the monitor. To save money, have employees set their computers to switch to sleep mode after 5 minutes of idle time. Putting a computer on standby reduces power consumption from 20 to 30 watts down to 1 to 2 watts per laptop which could lead to a 50% reduction in your office energy bill.
2. Use LED lights in your office
More than 25% of all office energy use comes from artificial lighting. Reduce office electric bills by using Light-Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs; instead of the popular compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) which also contain dangerous mercury. LEDs are actually brighter and more energy efficient than CFLs.
3. Use ink refills
Refilled cartridges cost up to 75% less than new ones. Sites like 4inkjets.com, inkcartridges.com and printerinkwarehouse.com are good online sources for remanufactured / recycled cartridges. Be sure to also check out your local Office Depot.
4. Print double-sided
Paper makes up 40% of all our garbage and that is more than any other type of waste. The average employee uses 10,000 sheets of paper a year for printed proposals, emails, and other documents. To save money, print double-sided, reduce margins from 1″ to 0.5″, and encourage employees to go digital as much as possible. Doing so can cut your paper costs by as much as 50%.