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Energy Saving Tips

Energy Conservation Tips

  • Buy Energy Star appliances, computers, and electronic devices
  • Do not turn on electronic devices until you are ready to use them
  • Recycle because it costs lots of energy to make new paper, plastic and aluminum
  • During heating season, be sure your window is securely closed and locked
  • At night, pull your shade down and conserve heat
  • During the day, put your shade up and gain natural light

Water Conservation Tips

  • Take brief showers - a shower uses 1.6 gallons per minute
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your dishes - only run it when you are actually using it
  • Rinse your razor in the sink instead of under running water
  • Only wash your clothes when you have a full load
  • Report constantly running toilets or dripping faucets
  • Report any leaking plumbing fixture (toilet, sink, pipes, etc.)

Computer Conservation Tips

  • Turn your computer off at night or when you are away
  • If the computer is going to be inactive for greater than 15 minutes, consider shutting it down. After this time, the energy needed to run the computer is greater than the energy needed for start-up
  • Do not turn the printer on until you are ready to use it
  • Most computer equipment now comes with power management features (Energy Star), please use them
  • Despite the name, screen savers do not save anything, so turn off your monitor when not in use. Flashing images actually consume as much energy as during active use
  • When possible, purchase flat panel monitors. LCD screens use 80% less energy than larger cathode ray tube monitors.
  • When purchasing equipment, look for the "Energy Star" logo
  • Screen savers do not save energy, but setting your computer to "sleep" after fifteen minutes of inactivity will decrease energy use
  • Turn off your monitor when leaving the office for lunch, a meeting, or for the evening
  • Keep your computer off in the evenings and on weekends
  • Turn off printers after hours
  • Use shared network printers instead of individual printers
  • Use email instead of printing and faxing documents
  • Use power strip surge protectors for computer equipment

Heating and Air Conditioning Tips

  • In the summer, set the thermostat to 76 degrees during the day and 85 degrees at night
  • In the winter, set the thermostat to 70 degrees during the day and 61 degrees at night
  • Use blinds to minimize solar heat
  • Keep doors and windows closed in air conditioned areas
  • Use automatic door switches for handicap access only
  • Wear light clothing to stay cooler in the office instead of lowering the thermostat
  • Avoid the use of personal fans and space heaters

Light Tips

  • Replace lamp light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs provide the same amount of light but use 75% less energy, generate less heat, and last 10-13 times longer.
  • Turn off lights in areas that already have adequate lighting
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room, even if it's only for a few minutes
  • Use natural lighting instead of electric lighting whenever possible
  • Try task lighting and reduce overhead lighting

Water Tips

  • Report leaky faucets and running toilets to Facility Services
  • Avoid using the toilet as an ashtray or trash can
  • Do not thaw food with running water. Defrost food in the refrigerator instead

Windows and Door Tips

  • Keep windows and doors closed in heated and air conditioned areas
  • Close vestibule doors when propped open