Energy-Saving Tips at the Office

Even small businesses in Singapore consume a lot of energy because of our reliance on electronic appliances. While most are focused on making profit, it is also important to highlight how best to streamline operating costs by cutting down on the energy used without sacrificing efficiency.

Here are energy-saving tips you should practice at the office.

Use natural lighting during the day. If your office has a lot of windows, then you are lucky because you have a source for natural light. As long as the area is not getting direct sunlight, natural lighting is free, more effective than artificial lights, and can create a more relaxing ambiance.

Use only energy efficient devices. There are a lot of choices today when it comes to energy efficient appliances from fixtures to computers. If your office has been relying on old models, now is the time to invest in better, faster, and more efficient new models.

Do not use old equipment. Old appliances and other equipment not only can’t keep up with the demands of most jobs today, but they also use up a lot of unnecessary energy. Just because you are okay with old stuff does not mean you’re saving money. They will also break down more easily and cost more for repairs.

Make use of energy saving features. Most modern devices have an energy saving feature that can be activated with just a press of a button. This can cut energy costs especially during breaks or idle time.

Laptops are better than desktops. On average, laptops consume less energy than desktop computers. This is good news for companies not only to save on the initial cost but the maintenance and operating costs as well. If possible, always opt for a laptop.

Smaller computer monitors. If some of the employees can do their work better on a desktop, invest in small energy-efficient monitors. There is no need for large monitors unless the employee is working on design and art.

Use the printer sparingly. Unless you need a physical copy of a document, there are many ways to record and send messages these days including emails, cloud storage, and instant messaging.

Invest in better ventilation. Better cooling does not mean just installing an air conditioning system, but also making sure that the entire office is well-ventilated. You can do this by improving air circulation and observing regular maintenance of your HAVC. You AC system should also have a programmable thermostat that can adjust the temperature without manually operating it.

Replace your fixtures. For offices that do not get enough natural lighting, invest in quality LED and CFL lights that not only have long lifespans but are also energy efficient.

Invest in plug load controllers. If your office has several cubicles in it, it is easier to control individual power usage with a load surge suppressor. You can be assured that an unoccupied cubicle is not consuming power that way.

Bill Gates Recovers His Being World’s Richest Man

Bill Gates now back to his track of being the world’s richest man in Forbes Magazine’s yearly ranking of wealthiest people. This list has also included number of women who made it to the top. After four years, Mr. Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft redeemed his position from having a US$76 billion net worth ousting Carlos Slim Helu, Mexico’s telecommunication tycoon having US$ 72 billion. Mr. Helu spotted second according to the latest update from Forbes.


On the other hand, the Spanish owner of Zara clothing brands, Mr. Armancio Ortega, made it to the third position with a net worth of US$64 billion. The one who leveled fourth is Mr. Gates’ partner, Warren Buffet having US$58.2 billion. The fifth man to be in the richest in the world is Larry Ellison, Oracle Corp chief which records a US$48 billion. Forbes magazine’s list has a total record of 1,645 billionaires having an overall of US$6.4 trillion undeductible worth compared to last year’s record of 1,426.


The Wallmart heritor Christy Walton made it to the ninth place being considered as the topping the rank of the richest woman having US$36.7 billion net. The next line in the list of richest woman is the owner of L’Oreal, Liliane Bettencourt from France with US$34.5 billion and ranked eleventh. The internet industry was also present in the listing. Founders of the popular website, Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin belonged to the 17th and 19th with US$32.3 billion and US$31.8 billion correspondingly.

On the other hand, the founder of, Jeff Bezos ranked in between Google’s founder having US$32 billion. The 29 yearold founder of the social media Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, was on top 21 with a net of US$28.5 billion. On the other hand, Forbes stated that the one who was under a great loss was Eike Batista, a Brazilian mogul from having a net of US$10.6 billion going down to US$300 million.



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