Power saving in your office is very easy
Few months back, I had a visitor in my office. He is a distinguished scientist and have pioneered a lot of studies in energy conservation in US. The topic of our discussion was primarily around the cost of energy in my office and how close we are near global standards. To my pleasant surprise, I figured out based on the data I received from them was that my office was already pretty close to the global standards. Similarly, my guests were also surprised because we seem to be not doing anything which would help us be so low on energy cost. However when they dug deeper, they could figure out that it was just that we were aware of the energy wastage and each of my staff took efforts to keep the cost of energy low. My guests shared that most of their clients in US and Europe have been spending millions in automating to save energy. Automatic sensors to detect presence of human being in the rooms and turn off and on the lights. Similarly, air conditioning which was the major chunk of the cost depended on auto sensors which could detect the temperature in and out of office and kept the office at a comfortable level. In all, the complete cost of automation and maintenance of this automation did cost a lot to the clients. Still, in the matter of being green, the cost was justified. Out of sheer habit of cost control which have been pushed into us by our parents who have seen tough times when India had limited means and everything was rationed. Similar habit did this trick for energy cost. My office had volunteers who promptly put on air conditioning and light of every room and space whenever not in use. If someone forgot doing that their colleagues end up reminding the concerned person telling him not to be careless. Added to this, our company contracted electrician keeps switching off all unwanted powers. This moment in my company has become a culture and no more needs any special focus to reduce cost. Added to this, we have done some adjustments like ensuring that air-conditioning does not come below 24 degrees centigrade any time. This has been hard fixed. All lights are never put on. We only put on enough lights which is sufficient for us to work. We also have made cabins around the glass exterior which insulates the excess sunlight and does not require excess power at any time. The most important factor which contributes to less power consumption is that we have given laptops to every employee in my company. This reduces power consumption much more. With such small initiatives, we have made the office eco-friendly through less power consumtion which is as less as 0.9 kwHr/ sq ft per month.