Law Office Guide to Energy Efficiency
Whether your law office owns or rents its space, you can reduce your energy
use to save costs, combat global climate change, and promote energy security,
all while maintaining office productivity and assuring your employees a
comfortable work environment.
EPA’s ENERGY STAR program encourages you to take practical and
reasonable energy-efficiency steps – some of which may involve the
cooperation of your building owner – and you should be able to save at least
10%, and in many cases up to 30% of your energy costs.
These steps primarily include making sure your lighting system is up-to-date,
making prudent purchases of energy-efficient office equipment as your older
equipment wears out, and implementing best practices for office energy
• Save Money by Saving Energy
Improve Employee Comfort
• Take Action to Save Energy
• How Energy Affects the Environment
ave Money by Saving Energy
Energy represents 30% of a typical office building’s operating costs, and is the
single largest controllable operating expense. ENERGY STAR partners have
hown that low-cost improvements can save 30% or more on energy use.
To that end, if a law office rents a 20,000-square-foot space and pays $2 per
square foot for energy, a 30% reduction can add up to $60,000 over a five-year
lease. Assuming a cost of $0.10 per kWh of energy, these savings translate to
600,000 kWh – the equivalent of removing 82 cars from the road each year.
If you pay your own energy
bill, saving energy directly
improves your firm’s
If your energy costs are
included in your rent, team
up with your landlord to save
energy. By reducing energy
costs, you will lower your
verall occupancy costs.