Personal Computers or laptops are the most essential equipment for the daily operations of the majority of companies. It is nearly unthinkable to run a business without these IT machines, and they are additionally complemented by a wide array of other tools: scanners, landline phones, printers, speakers, beamers and company smartphones. Not to mention all the kitchen appliances readily available whenever we need a (caffeineinduced) boost of energy! To put it simply, most startups and SMEs rely on a vast amount of electricity. But all this energy has to be generated, and this endeavour puts a great burden onto the environment. Fossil energy the problem Fossil-based energy sources account for substantial climatechange related problems such as greenhouse gas emissions, the thinning of the ozone layer or rise of the global average temperature. In order to help stop climate change, each individual has to adopt a new, environmentally conscious and sustainable behavioural pattern. As we spend most of our time at our workplace where electric equipment serve as our work tools, it is crucial that we understand how to control their electricity usage. And by doing this, we not only help establish a long-term green office culture but we are also saving a significant amount of money! In fact, making a change is so easy: the next time you leave the office (even if only for a meeting), just make sure you turn your screen off. If you happen to find a plugged-in charger that is unused, pull it out. Feeling cold? Don’t turn the heating on just yet: a pullover will help you stay warm and cosy.

(This article has kindly been provided by START2ACT. START2ACT helps SMEs to integrate similar measures into their regular office routine, and organises trainings tailored to specific needs. Visit for more information)