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The Green Life: Green Your Workplace: Bright Ideas

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September 12, 2011

Green Your Workplace: Bright Ideas

Green lightbulb You spend most of your time at work, so help make sure your office is green by following this week's tips.

Tip #1: Be bright about light

Artificial lighting accounts for nearly half of the electricity use in office buildings, so make sure that lights are turned off whenever no one's in a room — and invite in natural light wherever possible. Make it a policy, too, to buy Energy Star-rated lightbulbs and fixtures, which use at least two-thirds less energy than regular lighting, and install timers or motion sensors that automatically shut off lights when they're not needed.

Tip #2: Shut down that PC.

Tip #3: Print smarter.

Tip #4: Rethink office lunches.

Tell us: How do you green your workplace?

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