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It's a simple list, not very glamorous, but has the potential for significant energy savings.

Turn things off

  1. Turn off the lights when you leave for the day or for a meeting mid-day,
  2. Turn off all electrical equipment, when possible, when you leave for the day.
  3. Use timers to turn other pieces of equipment on and off.
  4. Turn off your computer's monitor when not in use.  The monitor consumes over half of the energy used by the average computer.  Even if you can't turn it off, always set your computer's energy savings features to put your computer and monitor "to sleep" after 10 minutes which cuts power use nearly to zero.

Close things not used

  1. Close the sash on your fume hood.  A typical five foot hood uses $5000 per year in heating/cooling, closing a hood sash can cut the air volume and cost by two third.
  2.  Use shades and blinds as provided to help keep your space cool on sunny days.  The shade can reduce your peak cooling load in a south or west facing room by over 30%.

Report conditions not right

  1. Promptly report room comfort conditions that are not normal.  Rooms that are too hot or two cool may be due to faulty thermostats or other controls that are malfunctioning or have drifted from set-points resulting in wasted energy as well as uncomfortable conditions for you.
  2. Report drips of water from sink taps, chilled water connections or RO faucets.


Purchase Energy Efficient equipment

  1. Buy energy efficient equipment.  Look for the Energy Star logo or other statements that an electrical device is designed to be energy efficient.  Each 1000 watts costs $500 per year in electricity (@$.06/kWhr 2010/2011).  If the extra cost of a "high efficiency" unit can be paid for in 5-7 years or less, that is what you should choose.
  2. When purchasing natural gas powered or consuming devices buy equipment that uses an electronic ignition instead of a pilot light.  Pilot lights waste over 20 percent of the gas used in the United States. 


Share with your students

 Communicate energy conscientious behavior to your students.