Replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent lamps. You can save 30-40 percent of lighting costs.
Use ceiling fans or portable fans instead of air conditioning to circulate the air if possible.
Adequate ambient light from a main source can save energy better than using all lights in the office.
Reduce energy costs by closing off rooms not used or occupied.
Inspect and clean off light bulbs, covers and lampshades of dust and other debris. This can reduce light by as much as 10 percent. Materials near a bulb's heat can be a safety hazard.
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Inspect and clean off your air conditioning coils. Dirt and other buildups cut AC efficiency.
Light colors are an excellent source of energy savings. Use of light color paints allows more light from outside and saves on electricity.
Replace single-glazed windows with double-glazed low-emissivity windows.
Use R-30 insulation for attics. Insulation maintains comfortable temperatures in the home or office.
Seal and caulk cracks, major air leaks around doors, windows, and plumbing fixtures.
Consider professional advice. Some utility companies conduct energy audits free of charge or for a nominal fee. A professional contractor can advise you on how to save energy and suggest ways of reducing your utility bills.
The Residential Energy-Efficiency Contractor Program offers cash incentives for you to get your home's heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system energy efficient. Check with your local utility company.
For more energy saving information/tips contact:
California Energy Commission
Renewable & Consumer Energy
Sacramento 800 555-7794
California Public Utilities Commission
San Francisco 415 703-2782
U.S. Department of Energy
Washington, DC 202 586-5000
Or your local utility company.