- Purchase paper that contains the highest amount of recycled content.
- Print double-sided whenever possible.
- Re-use or recycle paper that has only been printed on one side.
- View documents with your “print preview” option before printing out.
- Use email, instead of fax or ground mail, whenever possible.
- Use fluorescent lighting to decrease energy consumption.
- Turn off any lights that are not in use; in particular, whenever you leave a room.
- Utilize natural daylight as much as possible by opening shades/blinds to allow sunlight to enter the room. mail, whenever possible.
- Turn office equipment off after business hours.
- Set electronic equipment to default into “sleep” mode when it has not been used for a certain period of time.
- If you are purchasing new equipment, always look for the Energy Star logo.
Remember that you can donate, exchange, or sell office furniture and electronic equipment when it is no longer needed. The State of California offers the CalMAX program which allows you to either post or purchase items that have been listed by other businesses. Learn more by visiting their website or calling 877-520-9703.
For State Standards or Title 24
The California Energy Commission (CEC) administers energy efficiency standards for both residential and non-residential buildings. Commonly referred to as “Title 24″ after the Government Code section where they are listed, these standards mandate certain requirements for the building envelope, lighting systems, mechanical (or “heating, ventilating and air conditioning” [HVAC]) systems, and water heating systems. Any construction project that requires a building permit must comply with Title 24 requirements. However, Title 24 is considered a minimum. Most commercial facilities can achieve energy savings of 20 to 40 percent greater than Title 24.
For more information on Title 24 call the Energy hotline (800) 772 – 3300 or visit www.energy.ca.gov.