Energy & Buildings
Take a look around your room or apartment. TV in stand-by mode? Other electronic equipment on but not being used? How about lights left on in rooms yet the room is empty? To reduce the energy load and save energy plus save money, incorporate the following actions into your day.
Tips to Reduce Energy Consumption
- Turn off your lights when you leave your room.
- Use compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) when the incandescent bulbs are burnt out. CFLs use 75% less energy.
- Put the shades up and use natural daylight to study. Therefore no need to switch on the lights.
- Put the shades down at night for extra insulation.
- Studying at night? Go to the library, the IC or another designated study area that is already using the lights, heat or cooling systems.
Computers and Electronics:
- Get a smart strip or two to plug all your appliances and electronics (laptop, television, chargers, gaming console, printer). The strip gives you more outlets, provides surge protection and eliminates electricity wasted by phantom loads.
- And turn the strip off when not in use or when you’re gone on breaks
- Make sure your appliances and electronics are “Energy Star”. Energy Star items use less energy without giving up quality or performance.
- Avoid the computer “screen saver” – use the “sleep mode” in case you forget to turn it off. “Sleep mode” uses less energy than the screen saver.
- Set the computer power setting to turn the monitor off after 5 minutes of inactivity and put it to sleep after 10 minutes. This helps to reduce energy usage by 95%.
- Set your fridge’s temp the recommended temp. This helps conserve energy. And avoid pondering about what is in the fridge with its door open – lets all the cool air out. The fridge then needs to use extra energy to bring back to the set temperature.
Air conditioning and Heating:
- Hot days: shades down, windows closed to keep the hot air out! Use a fan to circulate the air. At night shades up and windows open to let the cool air in
- Cold Days: Shades up to let the sun in and warm things up. Layer your wardrobe and add extra blankets on your bed.
- Turn the thermostat down (you burn more calories keeping warm)
- Use cold water for your laundry
- Save a dollar and air dry your clothes! Use a drying rack to air dry your clothes. Saves time and $$$!
- If you need to use the dryer, set for the shortest time - you can always put them back into the dryer if still damp when the cycle is over.
Live on campus? Check out A Guide to Living Green on Campus and keep it simple by taking a few easy steps to save money and go easy on the energy demand.