Monday, November 24, 2014

Conservation Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Season

As we look forward to time away from campus, please remember that our building systems continue to operate during the break. With your efforts, we can reduce our environmental impact and costs over the holidays. Before leaving for any extended period, please: 

  • Shut down desktop and laptop computers unless instructed otherwise by IT or administrative staff. If your computer, speakers, phone charger, etc., are all on one power strip, turn off the power strip after shutting down your computer.
  • Unplug nonessential equipment that draws “phantom load”. Copiers, fax machines, printers, scanners, and chargers often use electricity even when turned off or in sleep mode. Warm transformers, chargers, and equipment are an indication that the device is using power. 
  • Unplug appliances, including coffee makers, microwaves, televisions, and radios. Like office equipment, many appliances use electricity even when turned off. 
  • Adjust the thermostat to 65 degrees or less. 
  • Turn off office lights and as much public lighting as possible in hallways, bathrooms, break rooms, and conference rooms. 
  • Check windows to make sure they are tightly closed and locked. 
  • Check faucets in bathrooms and break rooms to make sure they are completely turned off and not dripping. 
  • If you work in a lab with variable air volume fume hoods, shut the sash completely (just as you should any time the hood is not in use). 
  • Call in any leaks or maintenance issues to your Facilities Services team (962-3456 or or Housing Support team if you live in the residence halls (966-2471 or Fix My Room).  
These tips will help keep your building safe and energy-efficient. They also apply at home. Post this information to share with colleagues, suitemates, and fellow building occupants.
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