About 15 % of the power used in the average Saskatchewan office building is for office equipment.

Things you can do to reduce your power use:

  • Turn off your computers and other office equipment when you are not using them, especially overnight and on weekends. Save more than $30 per year, per computer by turning off your computers and monitors for 12 hours each day. Save even more by turning them off all weekend.
  • Turning your computer on and off does not use any extra electricity or hurt its components.
  • Laptops can use up to 90% less energy than desktop computers.
  • Choose the smallest computer monitor that meets your needs. Larger monitors require more power.
  • Choose ENERGY STAR® qualified office equipment. On average, they use 50% less power than conventional models. An ENERGY STAR qualified fax machine will save you about $5 a year.
  • Turn off your printer when you are not printing.
  • Use a multi-function printer/scan/fax machine, as one machine uses much less power than the separate machines combined.
  • Reduce "phantom power" by unplugging chargers and devices when not in use (e.g. unplugging a phone charger when not in use).
  • Use intelligent/smart power bars with timers to make controlling power easier and more efficient.

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