Businesses and companies everywhere are taking steps to go green and cut the amount of energy they use. Reducing the amount of energy spent in an office is both environmentally and wallet friendly. Here are five gadgets to reduce office energy costs.
Not sure exactly which items are using the most power? By using a device called the Kill-a-Watt, it is easy to find out the kWh of different items in the office. Simply insert this outlet-based plug to find the kWh and see which items are using the most energy. This is ideal for those looking to calculate a budget for their daily, weekly or monthly energy usage.
2. Energy Orb
Sometimes, people are not aware that they use more energy during certain times of the day. By using an Energy Orb, it is easy to see if it is an expensive time to use energy or a cheaper time. The Energy Orb uses a color-coded system, so users can see what the current grid load is, making invisible electricity usage essentially visible. The grid is being overused when it glows and pulses red meaning energy costs are higher. When the grid is underused, energy is cheaper and the Orb glows green. Consumers have been reducing their energy usage by up to 40 percent, enabling them to use high-energy appliances and equipment when it is most cost effective for them.
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3. The Energy Detective
Directly hooked into an office's breaker panel, The Energy Detective tracks up to five different appliances to measure how much energy they are using. This is an excellent gadget for setting up an energy budget. For example, a printer and copier machine may use more energy later in the afternoon than early in the morning. With this knowledge, users can choose specific times for different tasks in their office.
Control4 is a small, sleek system that easily installs into an office. It helps set lighting to a certain percentage to help manage energy costs. Adjusting office lighting to 80% can reduce energy costs dramatically. In addition to adjusting lighting, it also tracks energy consumption and allows users to control other electronics in their office.
5. Wiser Home Control
Obtain complete office energy control by using the Wiser Home Control. The Wiser Home Control works by connecting to the internet or even mobile phones. Office managers have the ability to turn off air conditioning units, lights, security systems and computers by simply going online or connecting from their cell phone. This is the perfect pick for those who are always on the go or in a rush to get from place to place.
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In addition to common ways of reducing energy, these gadgets help administrators establish an energy budget. They determine energy usage at different times of the day. With a new energy budget in place, it is easy to reduce the amount of power used, cut office energy costs, and reduce the office's ecological impact.
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