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Concrete measures at workstations and in study spaces

Turning the thermostat right up wastes energy. A temperature of 19°C is currently specified. You can achieve this by turning the thermostat to one line before level 3 (you can learn more about this in the “News” section). Fan heaters are not permitted.

Monitors, computers, printers, etc. also use electricity when in stand-by mode, so it’s a good idea to turn off all devices during longer breaks and meetings or when you leave at the end of the day and only turn on devices such as printers and copiers when you actually need to use them. And while we’re on the subject of printing: Please don’t print documents out unless it is absolutely essential.

Even switching off mobile devices (tablets, smartphones) when they are not in use makes a difference.

Fridges, printers, kettles, etc. – where does it make sense to share these devices to ensure optimum use? Perhaps the total number of devices can be reduced or new purchases made unnecessary.

Once you have charged your device, you should unplug the charger as it also uses electricity.

The energy efficiency class is a good guide value when buying new devices. Corresponding EU labels can also aid decision-making. In addition to the energy efficiency label, certifications like the Blue Angel and TCO are also recommended.

Freezers in kitchens should be defrosted once or twice a year as layers of ice increase electricity consumption. Kettles and coffee machines should be descaled regularly. 

Good lighting is of course essential for good health in the workplace, but when there is enough ambient light or you are not at your workplace, the lights can be turned off. Lights should not be left on in meeting rooms or corridors that are not in use.

Thinking about taking the lift? That costs a significant amount of energy. It’s also better for your health to take the stairs – as long as you don’t have heavy or awkward items to transport.

If the heating is on, the windows should not be left tilted open. Regularly opening windows wide for a short period ensures more hygienic room air.

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