Energy Conservation Tips
|1||DON'T BE STUCK UP
Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
Lights use more electricity than you think. One 60W bulb uses more electricity than the average computer! Always turn them off when not in use. In an office or communal space, implement a “Last to Leave” policy--the last person to leave the room turns off the lights.
|2||HIT THE STRIP
Make unplugging easy by using a power strip.
Many electronics still use electricity when plugged in, even when they are powered off. These "vampire devices" are responsible for wasting an estimated $3 billion a year in the United States. That’s enough energy to power the entire country of Italy for a year! Avoid phantom energy consumption by using multiple-outlet strips that turn everything off with a simple flip of a switch.
If you are required to have remote access to your work computer from home, conserve as much as you can by disabling screen savers that prevent CPUs and monitors from going into sleep mode and making sure your monitor is turned off when you leave the office. Please check with your I.T. Local Support Provider (LSP) to coordinate overnight updates.
|3||SHUT THE FRONT DOOR (AND WINDOWS)
Shutting doors and windows reduces unnecessary heating and cooling for your building and is a major factor to energy conservation. If windows are drafty or doors and windows don’t close property, contact maintenance and submit a work request as soon as possible.
|4||SWITCH TO CFLs
Refuse to use inefficient incandescents.
CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs use about 75% less energy and last up to ten times longer.
|5||LAYER FOR THE WEATHER
Adjust your wardrobe instead of the thermostat.
Rather than cranking up the air conditioner or radiator, control moderate temperature changes with your clothes. Add or subtract a layer in buildings or spaces that tend to be slightly cooler or warmer than average.
Make the most of natural light before turning to electricity.
Plan to do most tasks and school work during daylight hours instead of at night. Position your desk by a window so that sunlight can brighten your workspace until you need to turn on a light a night. “Daylighting” has been associated with higher levels of productivity, lower absenteeism, positive attitudes, reduced fatigue, and reduced eyestrain.
|7||RETHINK COPYING AND PRINTING IN INK
Print and copy documents only when absolutely necessary.
Copiers use more energy per unit than any other piece of office equipment. Documents and online records can be saved onto computers by printing it as a .pdf file. Write down reminders or casual information from emails instead of printing a physical copy.
|8||SOME LIKE IT HOT, WE LIKE IT COLD
Wash laundry only on full loads and the cold water setting.
Whereas a hot/warm wash and rinse setting can use up to 4.5 kWh, the cold wash and rinse setting uses only 0.3 kWh. (On average, you can save up to $249 in electricity costs for a year’s worth of laundry!) Also, electric dryers use about 3500 watt hours during a full cycle of drying--that’s more energy than your room uses in an entire day! Alternatively, use a drying rack inside or a clothesline outside. If you do run the dryer, clean the lint trap before each load.
|9||NEVER LET THE WATER RUN
Report any problems with a leaky sink, shower, or toilet.
Call and schedule to fix any leaks you encounter. The unused water requires energy for transportation making it twice as wasteful.
|10||WALK IT OUT
Take the stairs instead of using the elevator.
You’ll save energy and get some exercise. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the average office elevator consumes 350 watts of electricity to travel from one floor to the next. That’s enough energy to light a 100-watt lightbulb for 3.5 hours.
|11||MAKE AN EXIT
Conserve your phone battery by exiting out of unused apps.
Make each phone last longer per charge by opening up your phone’s task manager and exiting out of apps you are not currently using. If you aren’t expecting any important calls or messages, turn on your phone’s airplane mode before going to bed each night.
|12||CONSERVATION IN NUMBERS
Spread the word about energy conservation.
Encourage people to do their part. You can make a difference!