The Top 6 Energy-Sucking Devices in Your Office

The Top 6 Energy-Sucking Devices in Your Office

March 23, 2019

If your office’s energy bill is steadily rising month to month, you’re probably in a bit of a panic. And for good reason: energy bills take up a huge portion of the average office’s expenses. And with 30% of the average office’s energy cost coming simply from plugged-in devices, you might be asking yourself where you can cut some cords and save some cash.

Before you frantically unplug every coffeemaker in sight, take a step back and learn how to save energy smarter.

We at GOEFER are dedicated to helping your office run as efficiently as possible, so we thought we would share some quick ways to save electricity that we commonly see.  We found that some office electronics suck up way more energy than others. We’ve listed the biggest offenders below.

6: External Hard Drives

Hard drives are a necessity for protecting files and images you don’t necessarily want to trust to the cloud, and as hard drives get into the 4+ TB range, they often require a separate power supply.

While having hard drives is necessary, it’s not necessary to keep them constantly plugged in. Unplugging these devices when they’re not actively in use can not only knock down your energy usage but also potentially prevent some file-based mishaps — it’s hard to misclick and delete a presentation if the hard drive isn’t on!

5: Docking Stations

These relative newcomers to the office world can help save space on your desk, but can also negatively impact your office’s energy supply.

If your employees require two or more monitors to properly complete their work, then a docking station may be right for you, but stop and think before sending out an order for a company-wide supply. Can the work be done on a laptop monitor? Are multiple monitors really necessary for completing the task at hand or can the plugged directly into the laptops? 

If a docking station isn’t necessary, you can make a real dent in your energy consumption.

4: Printers

We all know that making hard copies of every document is less than friendly to the environment, but it also can eat a healthy supply of your office’s energy.  A customer in Arizona realized that their offices average 1 printer for every two employees. In our increasingly digitized world, the days of needing double copies of everything are long gone.

Consider converting to a paperless office, where you can sign contracts, track expenses, and keep notes all online. Give your printers, and your energy supply a break!

3: Monitors

For many office workers, monitors can be a necessary and life-saving tool for complex projects, but they come with a distinct energy cost. Offices that use desktop computers require monitors, which can double the energy used by both the monitor and the computer itself, while some employees may prefer using monitors with their laptop computers.  

Limiting how many stand-alone monitors your employees' use can make a noticeable difference in your office’s energy efficiency. For instance, consider assigning laptops to employees who prefer working with a second screen so they’ll only need one additional monitor. After all, if you’ve already invested in those laptops, you might as well put them to good use.

2: Desktop Computers

Besides being virtual electric dinosaurs, desktop computers also use an astonishing amount of energy.  We’ve found the average desktop is 87% less energy efficient than their laptop counterparts, and that translates into real loss of capital.

One customer reported the energy lost using desktop computers was costing them $17,000 per year in wasted energy. That waste was cutting into their narrow profit lines.  Switching your office over to laptop computers, which are engineered to be more fuel efficient, and don’t need to constantly be plugged in to work, can help slash a hefty energy bill.

1: Personal Devices

It turns out, the biggest energy sucks in any given office aren’t even work-related items; it’s employees’ own personal devices. Astonishingly, 18% of energy in any given office is used by employee’s plugging in their smartphones, speakers, headphones or tablets.

While we’re all dependent on our smartphones for many day-to-day tasks, consider whether employee electronics are a help or a hindrance on your company. You may be seeing that energy costs are rising, while productivity takes a nosedive, as employees get lost in social media “breaks” for far longer than expected.

Putting a limit on personal electronic use can be an overall boon for your company, not just minimizing energy costs, but maximizing productivity and cost-efficiency.

Cut the cord on your energy costs

Now that you have the stats on general energy consumption, you may be wondering what you can do to change it. A ban on plugging in personal electronics can make a dent, but what about the energy from necessary office items like monitors and laptops? That’s where GOEFER comes in!

Switch out your traditional power strips for GOEFERstrip and take full control of your office’s energy supply. The energy output of each device plugged into a GOEFER is carefully calculated and tracked in the GOEFER mobile app and customizable dashboard, so you can have your office’s energy consumption at your fingertips and make the smartest, most efficient energy decisions for your business.

Don’t let energy vampires cost your business another extra cent. #GOEFERit today!


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