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SLIDESHOW: Ways to Boost Productivity and Save Energy

  • Many things can affect worker creativity, happiness and productivity. A major factor — luckily, one you can control — is the office environment. Switching around the floorplan may seem like an obvious solution, but smaller issues may be troubling your employees. The following tips can help boost your office's productivity — and save energy, too.

  • Upgrade your lighting

    Color temperatures of light fixtures are measured on a Kelvin (K) scale, and you should choose a color in the mid-range (3500 K to 4500 K) for conference rooms and a bright white (5000 K to 5500 K) for brainstorming rooms. Increase concentration even further by letting in natural light and switching to LEDs. Flickering fluorescent bulbs can cause headaches and stress, and LED bulbs use less energy.

  • Improve air quality

    Poorly ventilated office spaces can result in sluggish, unproductive and sick employees. Have a professional inspect and clean your air ducts, and make sure to replace air filters frequently. For a quick and simple fix, add plants like Boston ferns, bamboo and areca palms to your office. Not only will they green up the space, but these plants can remove chemicals and toxins from the air, too.

  • Invest in laptops

    Looking to give employees more freedom to work around the office and save some energy at the same time? Consider investing in laptops. They use up to 80% less energy than desktops, and laptops are also portable and lightweight. That allows your employees to take their work with them wherever they go, whether that's on a business trip or across the office for a change of scenery.

  • Choose the right temperature

    Many offices set the temperature to 68°F to maximize energy savings, but that may not be the best setting for your employees. Though there is no perfect temperature, worker productivity increases with temperatures up to 72°F and decreases with temperatures above 73°F. Employees make up to 44% more mistakes when office spaces are too warm or cool, according to a study by Cornell University.

  • Get smart

    Adding smart technology can make your business even more comfortable and efficient. Smart power strips can shut off monitors when they're not in use, smart thermostats can adjust the temperature based on your habits, and you can control LED lighting with an app or remote.