Sustainability – Awareness of Energy Use in the Office

First, Happy Earth Day Everyone!

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about a small proof of concept we conducting to measure energy use in the office environment and to then use that established baseline to test different energy saving methods. This PoC is currently in a planning stage, but we hope to start physical metering within the next few weeks. Stay turned for more info.

Today, I’d like to quickly tell you about a little effort to increase awareness of energy use in the office. Often, we have little to no understanding of how much energy we are using, nor how much it is costing us. Awareness can positively influence behavior and reduce energy use. Several studies of energy use in the home have show awareness of real time whole house energy use resulted in the voluntary reduction of use by 10%-15%. To help increase awareness internally, IT measured the energy use of several items found in a typical office such as, desktops, laptops, LCD displays, and phone and headset chargers. This information will soon be published internally via a simple web page showing a photo of a typical office space. As the viewer moves their mouse over each device in the office, a pop-up will show how much energy that device uses in various states. Below the photo is a general summary of how much energy and money could be saved if various generalized behaviors were changed. Lastly, there is a link to more details. It’s very simple, but should greatly help increase awareness of energy use in the office.

How about you? Are you doing anything to help increase awareness of energy use in your office spaces? Would something like this work for you?

-Mike