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11 ways to not be a bulb, in your office

November 14, 2009

Hi everybody!

Now that you’re well aware of how you can avoid being a bulb at home, this post will advise you on how to avoid being a bulb in your office too. I thought I would talk about it today as I saw many people in my own office wasting energy and resources. And I think sharing a few incidents might help you see why we should be more conscious.

This morning I reached office little earlier than I usually do. On entering the door, I saw the main switch wasn’t turned off. The previous night, my colleagues were careless enough to leave it on. I’m not sure if you’re aware, but this small mistake has caused a lot of unnecessary wastage of energy. I noticed this myself today, but most days when I’m not the first to arrive, I wouldn’t know of this wastage! Later, during lunch time I noticed my boss was leaving for lunch and when I turned towards his cabin, the fans and lights were still on, even though there was nobody in the cabin.

My colleague, who sits next to me, always listens to music on her music player to avoid being disturbed. Today I noticed that whenever she goes to the washroom or to take a call, she has a bad habit of keeping it on.  Also during tea time, when all of us were going out for a break, I watched a few people leaving their desks without switching off the monitors of their computers. You do know why I’m sharing all this with you, don’t you? I wouldn’t want you to repeat the same activities.

You can avoid being a ‘Bulb’ at the office by:

  1. Switch off your monitor when not you are not using it because, maximum energy of the system is used by the monitor.
  2. Activate “sleep” features on computers, laptops and office equipment that power down when not in use for a while.
  3. Switch off fans/lights/AC of your cabin, when its empty
  4. Laser printers can really consume a lot of electricity. So, keep your printer turned off, when not in use.
  5. Use Compact Fluorescent Lights instead of incandescent bulbs in your office.
  6. Except for essential areas like Server Rooms etc. ensure that the mains are switched off in the office, when it is not in use.
  7. Air conditioning large areas, which seat only a few, wastes a lot of energy. Re work your seating arrangement for more energy efficiency.
  8. Use recycled papers as production of recycled paper uses 80% less water, 65% less energy and produces 95% less air pollution than virgin paper production.
  9. Check whether there is a leakage problem in the taps or flush of the washroom and get them repaired immediately.
  10. Keep your AC temperature between 23 and 26 deg. because if the temperature is above or below the mentioned temperature, then the AC tends to consume more energy.
  11. Certain types of window tints / wall paints / wall papers can cause help in reducing energy consumption. See if these can be used in your office.

I hope you will not only implement my tips to save energy/resources and not be a ‘Bulb’, but also spread the message among others in your office and help them to avoid being a ‘Bulb’.


Elex- Your electricity expert!


8 Comments leave one →
  1. shilpa permalink
    December 3, 2009 10:06 am

    very good idea… you should advertise well to all corporates… it will be an immense help for the world community.

    • NODDY permalink
      January 18, 2010 9:22 am

      Earth Shattering Ideas… if only we could compel people to follow ur lead.

      OR a simple alternative

      No.12: Move to the Jungle.

      No.13: Go back in time and make sure this doesn’t happen:

      600 B.C. Thales of Miletus writes about amber becoming charged by rubbing – he was describing what we now call static electricity.

      1600 A.C. English scientist, William Gilbert first coined the term “electricity” from the Greek word for amber. Gilbert wrote about the electrification of many substances in his “De magnete, magneticisique corporibus”. He also first used the terms electric force, magnetic pole, and electric attraction.

      1660 A.C. Otto von Guericke invented a machine that produced static electricity.

      1747 A.C. Benjamin Franklin experiments with static charges in the air and theorized about the existence of an electrical fluid that could be composed of particles. William Watson discharged a Leyden jar through a circuit, that began the comprehension of current and circuit. Henry Cavendish started measuring the conductivity of different materials

      1752 A.C. Benjamin Franklin invented the lightening rod – he demonstrated lightning was electricity.

      1786 A.C. Italian physician, Luigi Galvani demonstrated what we now understand to be the electrical basis of nerve impulses when he made frog muscles twitch by jolting them with a spark from an electrostatic machine.

      1821 A.C First electric motor (Faraday).

  2. Anjan Sen permalink
    January 30, 2010 4:45 am

    Great thought!!!

    though we always knew this, we tend to do the same thing that the blog says. hope we do change us a little

    • January 30, 2010 4:54 am

      Hi Anjan,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.
      If you have any queries you can always get in touch with me.

      ELEX- Your Electricity Expert

  3. March 5, 2010 8:08 am

    u shud b telling dis 2 our coll which keeps the printer on more den 8hrs. even if no1 uses it 2 print. BTW m a student of SPCC Goa. google it u will find.

  4. May 25, 2010 2:52 pm

    Nice article. But one question. If the normal room temperature is around 32-34, and I set the temperature of the Air Conditioner to 28 or 30 degrees, will it consume more electricity than 23-26?

    • June 8, 2010 6:36 am

      Hi Debiprasad,

      The temperature settings in AC does not mean it will consume more electricity or less.

      For a room temperature 32 deg C to reach 23 deg C will take more time and because of that it will consume more electricity than from 32 to 28 deg C .



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