Electrical equipment

Reduce energy use and cost

  1. Check that the power save modes on PCs and laptops are set to the most energy efficient setting

  2. Make sure all non-essential electrical equipment is turned off out of hours

  3. If your PC doesn’t have energy management, it’s good practice to turn off the monitor when leaving your desk for an extended period – and to make sure it is turned off at the end of the day if this doesn’t happen automatically

  4. Electrical items left on charge continue to draw an electric current even after the battery is full, so ensure they are unplugged when charged

  5. When boiling kettles for hot drinks, only use as much water as is actually needed (this saves water too!)

  6. Screensavers and desktop gadgets like clocks and weather reports all increase the energy consumption of your PC, so are best avoided unless essential

  7. Good data housekeeping can reduce the energy consumption of your servers

  8. Discourage the gratuitous use of electricity for gadgets that plug in to the USB port, like cup warmers

  9. Using an energy monitor is a good way to draw attention to energy consumption – either for the entire building or per device

  10. Choose electrical devices with low energy consumption, paying particular attention to standby consumption for devices that are not used constantly