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Preventing Invisible Energy Waste in Hybrid Work Environments

Greener workspaces can help businesses cut expenses and reduce their carbon footprint. Learn how to prevent invisible energy waste in your business.

Filip Dimkovski - Writer for POC System
By Filip Dimkovski
Michelle Meyer - Editor for POC System
Edited by Michelle Meyer

Updated January 24, 2023.

All businesses have one common goal—increasing income and reducing expenses. One way to reduce expenses is to find sources of invisible energy waste and cut them off. Simply put, invisible energy waste refers to energy sources that aren't visible to the human eye, meaning they're not immediately obvious.

Many business owners believe this is not applicable in traditional office environments. This misconception largely stems from the idea that the majority of energy sources in a traditional office environment are visible and, thus, easily identified. However, this isn't the case for hybrid work environments.

One common example of invisible energy waste in hybrid work environments is laptop chargers that are left plugged in. Employees may leave their charger plugged into an outlet even if their device is not charging, leading to an unnecessary waste of electricity. Moreover, the importance of a greener workspace is more relevant now than ever, and there are many ways business owners can contribute to this.

So, let's go over the best tips to prevent invisible energy waste:

  • Unplugging devices Make sure that all digital devices are unplugged when they're not in use or left overnight. Also consider using smart technology, like smart chargers in the case of laptops, that can detect when a device is fully charged and automatically shut off.
  • Monitoring power consumption Consider using power meters to monitor the electrical load of digital devices used in your facility. This way, you can ensure that no excess energy is consumed unnecessarily.
  • Control ventilation and light Make sure that air conditioners and lights are turned off when they're not in use. Proper ventilation and lighting can help reduce energy costs by a considerable amount.
  • Educate your staff Last but not least, educate your staff on the importance of reducing energy waste and remind them to turn off devices and equipment when they're not in use.

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Implement Real Energy Waste Prevention

By following these prompts, businesses can not only reduce their expenses but also contribute to a greener environment by cutting down on invisible energy waste in a hybrid work environment. You'll see the bigger picture and easily identify opportunities for bigger cost savings in the long term.