Utilise windows and place desks in areas where the sunlight can be utilised the best - turn off the lights whenever you can especially when leaving less-used areas such as kitchens and meeting rooms.
Don't leave electrical items on standby as this wastes electricity.
Make sure to power off your laptop or PC if you won't be using it for over 20 minutes.
Use a powermeter to find out how much electricity is being used by an appliance by plugging it into the wall.
Think of ways to use electrical items less e.g. boil your office kettle less by using a vacuum flask to store hot water or only boil what you need, only run the dishwasher when it is full, where you can - use low energy or eco modes on appliances.
When buying new IT or other equipment consider the energy efficiency rating.
Also don't plug your laptop in when you are working, use up the battery and then recharge it - this will save energy and prolong the life of your laptop battery.
There are lots of way you can take steps to reduce your digital carbon footprint.
Did you know sending an email uses 4g of carbon? Reduce your carbon impact by only sending emails that are necessary.
If you can, contact colleagues and share documents using other comms systems such as Slack/ Teams/ Google docs.
If you do need to send an email make sure to include links rather than attachments as this reduces the carbon footprint.
Another thing you can do is have a spring clean of your inbox and deleted old and unneeded items.
Unsubscribe from any unnecessary mailing lists to help reduce your carbon footprint.
Finally you can use alternative email providers that are more sustainable. There are loads of different providers you could use which are sustainable - have a look at the link below for suggestions.
Some tech providers will do this for you when you upgrade, but if there's still some life left in your device (such as phone, laptop, computer or tablet) why not give it to a new home.
Send it to get refurbished and give it a new lease of life. There are lots of charities provide electrical (and other) recycling schemes. Do a bit of research and see what you can find before throwing things away.
We've put signs up to remind people to turn the lights off in the building through the eco-council.
Instead of sending email attachments, we use Teams as this has a much smaller carbon footprint.
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