Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Today's Energy Insight

The EPA estimates that 80% of these and 70% of these
used in offices are left on overnight.

A) Fax machines and radios

B) Task lights and computer monitors

C) Printers and copy machines

D) Coffee pots and lava lamps

Scroll down to check your answer...

All of these items are left on at various times but 80% of printers and 70% of copiers are left on in offices resulting in lost energy. If you are the last one in your area, please be sure these items are shut off for the night. Also, try to get in the habit of using the energy saver button found on most copy machines. Every little effort, no matter how small, does make a difference, thanks for doing your part! Oh, and C is the correct answer.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Today's Energy Insight

To switch off or to leave on?
That is the question...

Does turning fluorescent lights off use more energy than leaving them on?

A common misconception is that there is a boost of energy required to power up a bulb so you should leave lights on when leaving an area for a short amount of time. It turns out, however, the power surge is so brief that its energy draw doesn't amount to much; the equivalent of a few seconds or so of normal operation, according to U.S. Department of Energy estimates. In other words, strictly from an energy saving standpoint, it's almost always beneficial to shut off fluorescents when leaving a room—the start-up energy is offset by the power saved in even the briefest outages.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Today's Energy Insight

Now that it's September and schools are back in session, today's energy insight is a timely post from Class 5 Energy.
Click here for a link to fifteen Back-to-School Energy Efficient Behaviors. Please check it out!