Power strips are still a common way for offices to accommodate lots of different devices, but they also come with a price. While they do allow workers to maximize outlet use, especially around desks and workspaces, they also raise risk levels for both environmental concerns and fire hazards.

Fortunately, office managers have green office solutions to help them plan ahead and create a more efficient workplace.

WWLP recently reported on the differences between various kinds of power strips and how different models affect energy use. According to this source, it’s important to pay attention to when appliances are taking in electricity. Wasted extra electricity, known as the “vampire load,” accumulates quickly and can easily add hundreds of dollars to the office energy bill, the source says.

With just a little bit of effort, employers can either unplug their devices or turn the entire power strip off when it’s not in use. In addition, there are types of power strips that include special markings on the outlets to help users arrange them depending on which devices need to be off at certain times. Some of the outlets on the strip will be kept on at all times, while others will be turned off with the same switch or remote.

The placement of the power strip in the office is crucial as well. Not only does the location determine which devices will be able to plug into it, keeping it safely away from flammable office furnishings lowers the chance that an overworked power strip will cause damage should something go wrong.

Office planners should think about the way they position desks and workstations so the power strips in the office are easy to reach and out of harm’s way.