All employers are looking for ways to cut costs, but many are missing the opportunities right in front of them.
Case in point: Lack of energy efficiency ends up costing U.S. businesses more than $28 billion each year, according to a report by 1E and the Alliance to Save Energy.
Here are some simple energy-saving steps that can lead to major savings for any business, courtesy of energy-efficiency expert Jay Oh:
- Switch to laptops. This gives employees the opportunity to go off power whenever they choose, which saves your company money — and keeps them from being confined to their cubes. Depending on the location, businesses could save around $100 in energy costs per laptop annually.
- Use time-based Power over Ethernet (PoE) optimization. By coming up with a schedule to turn PoE on or off on your network, you’ll save a significant amount of power, which equals money. At night and during weekends, PoE can be disabled for further savings.
- Let workers telecommute. If you’re still on the fence about telecommuting, put energy savings in the pros column. After all, the fewer workers in the office, the less power you’re ultimately using.