Our office kitchen is full of interesting facts. I have a sneaky suspicion the office manager (he’s a George fan as well by the way, and often stops me at reception to discuss him) is responsible for trying to educate our minds with environmental issues.
For instance, the cupboards in the kitchen are now covered with the following information:
Lighting a typical office overnight wastes enough energy to heat 1,000 cups of tea.
A photocopier left on overnight uses enough energy to produce 1,500 copies.
Keeping lights on for 15 minutes uses 500 times more energy needed to switch lights on and off.
Turning the thermostat down 1% in winter can save up to 8 % of our energy consumption.
I have two questions – What is a typical office? Do I work in one of these typical offices?
Seriously though, everyone should be concerned with the environment and these facts are a crucial reminder that we can all do our bit and make this world a better, not to mention more economical, place to live in.
And while we are on the subject of waste, I need to stop wasting/spending money this month. To use a familiar phrase, I need to ‘tighten my purse strings.’ Christmas, the December birthdays and the odd night out have left my bank balance, visa card and store card dangerously short of funds.
So, I am now going to take full advantage of my gym membership and the television set in my bedroom, and stay away from the cash dispenser. For as long as possible. Probably until next pay day, or my trip to Barcelona.
I can also predict extra hours required in the office, for the World Congress preparation, which will keep me out of mischief for a while.
But one small consolation - these cheap non wastage nights ahead should allow me extra time for blogging, you lucky readers!
In the meantime, I've got to get back to my pile of work in my ‘typical’ office…
Bye for now.
Picture of the day:
Tulips from Amsterdam.