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Easy Ways to Green Your Desk
Whether you’re deep in the trenches of Corporate America, working for an small local business, or running your own office from home, it’s not hard to create a personal green haven at your desk. Here are just three ways to get started…
Detox and Destress
Whether it’s a lush potted jungle or a single plant on your desk, living foliage removes airborne contaminants and electromagnetic fields, as well as balancing humidity and decreasing office noise and stress levels. In fact, NASA studies indicate that plant-filled rooms contain 50-60% fewer airborne molds and bacteria than rooms without plants.
Just a single plant on your desk can clean an area of 6 to 8 cubic feet; 15 to 20 plants clean the air in a 1,500-s.f. office. The best plants to use? Areca Palm, Rubber Plant,Ficus, Dracena, English Ivy, Boston Fern, Spider Plant, and Moth Orchid.
Cut Back Energy Use
- Set your computer to switch to energy-saving modes when you’re not using it. Standby mode reduces monitor and computer power use to 1-3 watts each, wakes up in seconds, and saves $25-$75 per computer annually. Hibernate mode is like standby mode, but lengthens wakeup time to 20+ seconds, and saves your work if there is a power loss. Turning off your monitor reduces your PC power use to 1-3 watts, and saves about $12 – $35 annually. NOTE: your screen saver does not save energy! Back in the old CRT days, screen savers prevented long displays from “burning in” – now their only purpose is attractive privacy.
- Switch to a laptop rather than a desktop computer if you can. While a desktop and monitor can use up to a total of 200 watts, even powerful notebook computers use only an average of 30 watts.
1. When you go home, turn off peripherals (printers, speakers, etc.) and “vampire” energy users (cell phone and PDA chargers, etc.). A Smart Strip surge protector lets you leave some key components turned on while you power others off.
2. Use sunlight or task lighting with CFLs at your desk instead of overhead lighting.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Trash
Ready for a shock? Do a personal waste audit and log every piece of trash you throw out for a week. Then start making changes…
1. Bring in a reusable mug, glass, plate, and set of flatware, and pack your lunches in a reusable bag. Use washable containers instead of sandwich bags and refillable stainless steel bottles for liquids rather than prepackaged plastic single servings.
2. Think before you print! If you really need a paper copy, print double sided…or two pages to a side (called “N-up”) if your eyes are good. Print drafts in black and white rather than color.
3. Don’t stop with recycling paper, plastic, glass and metal. Recycle printer cartridges, cell phones, keyboards, mice batteries, and more.
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