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Think Green in 2013, Part 2

EON helps offices stay environmentally friendly with a large selection of green products and recycling programs.  “Greening” your office will not only help the environment, but potentially save money for you and your company. Here are some ideas for cutting down waste and saving energy in your office, as well as suggestions of eco-friendly products from EON.

ELECTRONICS

According to one source, “If every US computer and monitor were turned off at night the nation could shut down 8 large power stations and avoid emitting 7 million tons of CO2 every year.” You may be surprised to learn that even when electronics are in hibernation mode they continue using electricity, so turn devices completely off at night or use a smart power strip that can turn everything off at once.

Opt for buying office electronics that provide multiple functions because that means fewer devices to plug in.  Avoid having to replace these costly machines as often by researching their lifespans and purchasing longer warranties so you can maintain and repair them for free in the future.

Printer ink and toners are also items that create a lot of waste and expense, but through options like toner remanufacturing you can significantly cut costs on ink. Have you heard about solid ink printers?  These machines use solid, crayon-like inks without cartridges and are a technological breakthrough that will save you money and cut down on waste. Solid Ink generates up to 90% less printing waste because there are no cartridges to dispose of and less packaging to add to landfills. An added bonus of this process is prints that are glossy, slightly raised to the touch, and wont run when wet like inkjet printouts.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

 

Tripp Lite 12-Outlet Surge Suppressor

SKU: TRPTLP1210SATG

Want to save $40 per year on your energy bill? The TLP1210SATG offers reliable, green surge technology that protects your A/V installations, the environment and your wallet. The TLP1210SATG offers a unique Netbook switch that allows users to select wattage, making it compatible with all PCs, Notebooks and Netbooks. Energy-saving outlet configuration reduces energy waste (phantom loads) by cutting AC power to unused peripherals. The TLP1210SATG offers 3600 joules of advanced surge protection. Perfect for small-to-medium home/business theater installations: high-definition TVs, satellite and A/V receivers, DVD/CD players and more. 12 outlets (with transformer spacing and sliding safety covers), 2-line coaxial protection and 1-line tel/modem/Ethernet (100BaseT, high-speed) protection safeguard an entire home/business theater system. Includes two diagnostic LEDs and four status LED indicators, 10-ft. cord with a right-angle plug, 6-ft. coaxial cable and 6-ft. network cable.

 

Katun 37975 (108R00660) Xerox Compatible WorkCentre C2424 Solid Ink Sticks

SKU: KAT37975

Katun brand solid inks provide OEM-equivalent yields, outstanding print quality and color reproduction comparable to the OEM products. You will be impressed by the performance, reliability and true value of our new solid inks.

Our next feature in this series will offer tips on how to go green with office paper by using less, recycling more, and shopping smart! For more sticky notes on how to Think Green, click on the Think Green category under EON Sticky Notes to see all articles on conservation.

Think Green in 2013, Part 1

EON helps offices stay environmentally friendly with a large selection of green products and recycling programs.  “Greening” your office will not only help the environment, but potentially save money for you and your company. Here are some ideas for cutting down waste and saving energy in your office, as well as suggestions of eco-friendly products from EON.
 
LIGHTING

Turning off lights you aren’t using is a good start, but replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-saving fluorescent or LED bulbs will help cut down on energy costs as well. You can also set timers or motion sensors on lights, so they will turn off when a room is not in use. Don’t forget natural lighting, either- sunlight is free and great for elevating your mood, so dim your indoor lights when a window is enough. Another solution for taking your lighting further is adding mirrors and reflective surfaces to your workspace. Each reflection will seem to double the amount of light in your workspace.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

 

Havells Spiral Soft White Energy Saving Bulb

SKU: SLT26158

Soft white energy saver uses 75 percent less energy and offers a bulb life of 8,000 hours. Medium base of spiral compact fluorescent bulb fits in the most common light fixtures such as lamps and ceiling recess lighting. 20 watt bulb replaces the average 75 watt bulb. 120 volts.

Glas Path Light

SKU: EVEENLPLMTN

Stylishly and safely light your hallways and never miss a step on stairways with the Glas Path Light. This motion-sensing path light delivers energy-efficient LED technology. The Glas Collection of lights has energy-saving features and practicality at the heart of every design. Light turns on when motion is detected and activates only when dark. Light stays on for 90 seconds after motion stops. LEDs never need replacing. ETL listed.

More Think Green stickies to come! In the meantime, how do you incorporate green thinking into office lighting?

Benefits of plants in the office and other workplace environments

Perhaps one good cure for the office blues is a little bit of green.

According to Psychology Today, the presence of potted plants has been found to provide many benefits when placed in various environments—including the workplace.  In several experiments, plants have been shown to lower blood pressure, increase attentiveness, improve attendance and raise productivity.  They have also been shown to improve one’s perception of the space they are in, and even improve one’s overall well being.

How about a little green for inspiration?  A study by Texas A&M tested people’s workplace ingenuity in different environments.  The study included a workplace with plants and flowers, one with inanimate objects, and one that was vacant.  The study showed that people were more creative around plants.

In another study conducted in a computer lab at Washington State University, subjects who were performing a slightly stressful computer task had their blood pressure lowered after plants were added to the lab.  They also showed a 12% improvement in reaction time on the computer task.

So if you’re feeling down or bored with your barren work space, head out to a local nursery on your lunch break and pick up an uplifting office plant.  Do you have an office plant story of your own? Share it with us! And to find out more about the many benefits of office plants, visit Green Plants for Green Buildings.

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