Posted as part of our Earth Month 2011 "GoGreen News and Tips" series...
How can your workplace conserve energy? For the final installment in our Earth Month 2011 series, here's an example from a local certified Green Business:Goodwill Industries International, in Rockville, MD, decreased its energy use by 17.5% while it increased its staff by 34%. Energy-saving changes included:
- installing energy-efficient overhead lighting, occupancy sensors, shades in the southern-facing windows, photocell sensors and automated off-hours temperature controls
- posting signs encouraging staff to turn off lights.
- reducing emergency lighting
- removing additional lights in over-lit areas.
Purchasing 100% wind power RECs (renewable energy certificates) resulted in the avoidance of an estimated 1.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year, as well as estimated savings of over $8,000 annually.
Goodwill's headquarters became a certified Green Business with the County in January 2011.
Learn more about the Montgomery County Green Business Certification Program, and check out the list of already-certified businesses: www.mcgreenbiz.org/
Use a Kill A Watt meter to check your appliances' and gadgets' energy use and begin your own home or office energy audit. Borrow a meter at
- certain Montgomery County Public Library branches
- Check availability or reserve online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library (Search catalog for "Kill a Watt")
- Bethesda Green: www.bethesdagreen.org/Programs/KillaWattMeter/tabid/272/Default.aspx
- What's a Kill A Watt meter? www.p3international.com/products/special/P4400/P4400-CE.html