As we begin another year, we here at Rule29 are aware that being mindful of the impact we have is more important now than ever. We take our sustainability seriously. So much so in fact, that we actually keep track of our recycling and energy usage in the office. In order to be transparent, we have a section of our website dedicated to these numbers in the form of beautiful infographics (we are a design agency after all!).
We’ve all been guilty of turning up the thermostat on those extra cold days, but last year we wanted to make a special effort to keep our temperature set so we could be as energy-efficient as possible. Using a Nest Thermostat® has been instrumental in helping us keep track of our heating and cooling output. Nest® sends helpful reports once a month about how your energy output changed in comparison to the previous month. These reports also give helpful insights as to why your energy usage may have shifted like weather increase/decrease, having fewer calendar days in the month, or a change in schedule. Looking back at 2019, we made some great progress on our overall energy usage! Here are some small steps that we took that made a big impact
In the Winter
Our office is located in a historic building that was originally a farmhouse built over 120 years ago! We love our charming house and have worked to keep it as original as possible, however, that means usually our space can get a bit chilly in the winter season. Here’s what we do to warm up!
In the Summer
When it’s getting hot hot hot we try our best to stay cool. Heat rises, and with most of us working on the second floor, we are no stranger to how warm it can get upstairs. Rather than crank the AC, we turn to these techniques to keep us nice and cool in the summertime:
These are just a few small behavior tweaks that can make a big difference. In the coming year, we aim to be even more energy-efficient and thoughtful about our ecological footprint. Keep up to date on all that’s happening by signing up for our newsletter!