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Energy Saving Tips

With soaring fuel costs and mandatory water restrictions creating increasing utility costs, it’s essential for Broward County employees to apply the suggested resources wisely. We have established a sizable amount of energy efficient equipment throughout County operations and our goals are to ensure optimal operation from users.

Here's How You Can Help 

  • Turn off your own office equipment (PCs, printers, task lighting, calculators, etc.) every evening before leaving work and any time the office is not occupied for more than a couple hours.
  • If you are the last one in your area to leave for the day, turn off all the shared equipment such as printers and copiers (there are exceptions - fax machines, server equipment, etc.). If you notice your co-worker’s machine was left on and you know they are gone for the day, it would be helpful to turn it off and remind them the next day that the County saves money and prevents pollution by switching off.
  • Utilize the power management features of your PC and monitor. With most of the County’s computer equipment being Energy Star compliant, settings should be made to allow for energy savings when not in use during the day. Contact Enterprise Technology Services or your Systems Network Analyst for assistance in setting up your PC.
  • Report leaking faucets to your Building Manager and use water resources only when needed.
  • Space heaters, fans, or additional lighting are not authorized to be used in County facilities. Contact the Building Manager for comfort issues and Energy and Building Automation for essential lighting requirements needed and we’ll provide you with an energy efficient option.

Important Facts 

Computer manufacturers do not recommend machines to be left on. The computer and monitor will last longer if they are shut off at night. Not only is there less wear and tear due to the machine’s own heat, friction and vibration, but a machine switched off is no longer susceptible to power surges and similar hazards.
A computer and monitor left on all the time costs between $125 and $250 annually in unnecessary energy charges and creates about a ton of carbon dioxide each year. Employing the automatic power management features during hours of operations would decrease carbon dioxide by 80 percent.

Screen Savers do not save energy.

Fuel Saving Tips

Get the Most From Your Vehicle Gallons 

  • A well maintained vehicle will improve your gas mileage by 15 percent 
  • Properly inflated tires will improve your gas mileage by 6 percent 
  • Your vehicle will go an extra mile without excessive items in the trunk
  • A slow start will ensure a smooth drive
  • Better fuel economy is achieved through the reduction of speed
  • Drive smart and don't idle too long
  • Plan ahead and combine your errands into one trip
  • Utilizing public transportation will conserve energy and promote cleaner air
  • Check out new cars with the new technology of hybrids and alternative fuels

 


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