What Can You Do to Save Energy and Natural Resources on Campus?
Always turn off your lights whenever you leave your room.
Utilize natural light whenever possible. Open your blinds.
Use only Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs in all your lights. They use 75% less energy than incandescent (normal bulbs) and last 10 times longer.
Turn off lights in bathrooms, lounges, and other common areas. Tell others to do the same.
Turn your computer off when you aren't using it.
Set your computer and monitor to go into sleep / stand by when they're inactive for too long. A computer in sleep mode uses about 5% the energy of one running a "screen saver". Learn more about \Computer Power Management.
Look for the Energy Star label when purchasing a new computer or any other electronic device. Consider buying a flat screen monitor or a laptop model. See www.Energystar.gov for more information.
Turn off TVs, radios and stereos when you aren't using them. o Coordinate with your roommates to avoid bringing unneeded appliances. If you do bring a refrigerator, set the temperature between 36 and 42 degrees. Empty out your refrigerator and unplug it when you go on break.
When purchasing a new appliance, look for the Energy Star label. See www.Energystar.gov for more information.
If lounge TVs are left on, please turn them off!
Only wash and dry full loads of laundry.
Many appliances consume electricity even when turned off. The easiest way to avoid these "phantom loads" is to have all electrical cords plugged into a power strip and turn the strip off when not using any of them.
Phone chargers, laptop cords, printers, etc. all draw power when unused. Please unplug them or use a power strip as mentioned above.
Take five minute showers.
Turn the water off when you are brushing your teeth or shaving.
Wash only full loads of laundry.
In residence halls with dual flush toilets, use the appropriate flush.