1. Set your computer to enter standby after 30 minutes and to turn off the monitor after 15 minutes. Use standby or turn off computers at night.
3. Turn off printers and other electrical equipment at night. To further conserve electricity, unplug, or use power strips, to disconnect equipment and eliminate phantom loads.
4. In winter, layer clothing and avoid using inefficient space heaters. Keep thermostats at or below 68 degrees. In summer, use fans and wear light, breathable clothing. If you have AC, set it at 78 degrees or higher. Make sure windows are closed if you’re using either heat or AC.
5. Turn off lights in unoccupied areas. Contact the Sustainability Office if you are interested in using occupancy sensors or other lighting controls.
6. Use natural light and task lighting to focus energy where needed, and use compact fluorescent lamps instead of incandescents.
7. In the lab, turn off equipment when not in use (or use timers to do it for you); keep fume hood sashes at the indicated height when in use and closed when not in use.
9. Consider installing window films if you experience high temperatures from direct sunlight. Blinds and shades help too.
10. Report areas of energy waste to the Sustainability Office. Report to Facilities Services excessively hot (winter) or cold (summer) areas, broken thermostats and radiator valves, and areas where lights are too bright or too many.
1. Report leaking faucets, toilets and showers to Facilities Services.
2. Contact the Sustainability Office to request a sink aerator that limits the flow of handwashing sinks to 1 gallon per minute (gpm).
3. Shut off the water when lathering hands, brushing your teeth, shaving or scouring dishes.
4. Designate a cup or water bottle for drinking water. This cuts down on the number of glasses to wash.
5. Look at this list which has over 100 ways to conserve water.
1. Turn off lights in unoccupied areas.
2. Install compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs instead of incandescents; CFLs use 75% less energy.
3. Set your computer to enter standby after 30 minutes and to turn off the monitor after 10 minutes. Use standby or turn off computers at night.
4. Unplug or use a power strip to shut off TVs, stereos, DVD players and other devices that typically draw a phatom load.
5. Set the the thermostat to heat 68° in winter and to cool at 78° in the summer. Keep the windows closed when heating or cooling. Dress appropriately for the weather.
6. Share equipment like minifridges and microwaves with your roomate, or better yet, save money and space by using shared, full-size refrigerators and appliances.
7. Take shorter showers and turn off the water when shampooing your hair. Heating water requires lots of energy.
8. Only do full loads of laundry, which saves water as well. Wash clothes in cold water.
9. Use a microwave or toaster oven when cooking or reheating small amounts of food.
10. Hang dry your clothes on a drying rack or clothesline instead of using the dryer.
11. Use alternative transportation. Bike, walk, carpool, skate or ride the bus.
1. Check faucets, toilets and showerheads for leaks. Report leaks to your RA or landlord.
2. Take shorter showers and turn off the water when shampooing your hair.
3. Turn off the water when washing hands, brushing teeth, shaving or scrubbing dishes.
4. Reduce flushing in any way that is still sanitary. Toilets are the biggest residential water consumer and old toilets can use more than 5 gallons a flush.
5. Only run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.