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Energy-efficient gadgets for your business

At K&H we are always looking at ways to be more ‘green’,  so I was interested to read a Business Link article about energy-efficient gadgets for business. These range from energy-efficient projectors to producing your own energy and selling it back to the grid. So here are the ideas…

1. Energy-efficient projector
A new generation of micro wireless-networked projectors make presentations more affordable, and more portable than ever.  Some are small enough to fit in a pocket. By using long-life mini-LED lamps, in-use power consumption has been reduced to as little as 50W (or 5p a day).

2. Mobile devices
It’s now possible to do a lot of communication and computing work on a small handheld device. Why fire up an energy-intensive computer and monitor when your mobile options are smaller and more energy-efficient?

3. Portable power devices
Chargers for batteries, MP3s, MP4s, notebooks, smart phones and many other devices not only consume a lot of energy, they will often continue to use energy when not in use – unless you remember to unplug them. Portable chargers take energy from the sun and the wind and are now being adapted to be flexible, folding and fully portable.

4. Mini computers
Computers are getting smaller and smaller, which makes them significantly cheaper to run.  A new trend is towards ‘solid state’ laptops that do not rely on energy-hungry drives. Although quite expensive to buy, they are small, silent and cut energy usage costs – as well as having extended battery life.

5. Low energy monitors
Flat screen Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitors use much less power than cathode ray tubes.

6. Energy-saving devices for computers
One of the biggest drains on the electricity bill is wasting electricity when computers and devices are left switched on or in standby mode. Use power-saving devices that make it easy for staff to put computers and monitors into money-saving mode.

7. Energy monitors
These devices display how much energy is being used by the company and store performance and usage data so you can track how your costs go down as you invest in improved technology or change your habits.

Monitors help staff and owners understand where they are using most electricity. For example, by installing a monitor, a hairdresser discovered the biggest usage of electricity was caused by tumble-drying towels from wet instead of hanging them up overnight to dry and giving them a quick blast in the morning.

8. Low energy lighting
Good lighting might be important in your business for ambience and to maximise visual appeal. Low energy spotlights have been developed to match the brightness of halogen lamps – the only difference is they may require a few seconds to reach maximum strength.

9. On-site generation
Finally, there can be no better way to offset power costs than to generate your own. The Feed in Tariff introduced by the Government in April 2010 has promoted a surge of interest in wind and solar power generation from homes and businesses. This tax-free benefit allows excess power generated by photovoltaic, wind, hydro, anaerobic digestion and Combined Heat and Power installations to be sold back to the grid.

Have you got any other ideas? I would be interested to hear.

You can read the full article here

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