There are plenty of options for saving energy at work, from energy-efficient office equipment to redesigning workspaces. But the most effective power saver is still the light switch. On the average, 40 percent of at-work power use goes toward artificial lighting. Much of that total is spent lighting empty offices and parking areas.

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Light switch is still the answer
Turning off the light switch can help reduce the average 40 percent of at-work power use that goes toward artificial lighting.