Energy Conservation Tips

Each of us plays a role in making our campus more sustainable by conserving energy in the workplace. We can all help by implementing these tips.

Lighting

• Use natural Light bulblight whenever possible; avoid turning on overhead lights if they are not needed.
• Consider using task lighting (desk lamps) when possible, reducing the need for overhead lighting.
• Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs where possible.
• Turn light off if you are going to be away more than one minute.
• When rooms or buildings are unoccupied, turn off lights not needed for safety or security purposes.


Computers, monitors and printers

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• Activate the power management features of computers and monitors, so that when a computer is left unused, the machine powers down and "goes to sleep."
• Turn off your computer and monitors if you are going to be away from your desk for a while; computers and monitors continue to draw power even when in the sleep mode.
• Computers that are not accessed remotely should be turned off at the end of the business day and on weekends.
• If you manage a computer lab, turn on only the PCs that are needed.
• Purchase EPA Energy Star certified equipment when available.
• Go paperless — avoid printing email and other documents.
• Print and copy on both sides when available.


Other equipment

printer icon• For copiers that do not automatically turn off after a period of inactivity, turn them off at night and during the weekend.
•  Turn off all unused electrical appliances such as printers, copiers, coffee makers, window air conditioners, and fans when not in use. When possible, plug electronics into a power strip that can be easily turned off at night.
•  Personal mini refrigerators should not be used. Instead use refrigerators provided in common spaces.


Science labs

arrows icon• Keep fume hood sashes closed when not in use. Fume hoods draw room air through the cabinet and funnel through the building's exhaust stack. In almost all laboratories on campus, the room air that is exhausted is replaced by 100 percent outside air. It is very costly to cool and heat outside air to replace the air being used by fume hoods. Lowering the sash (the glass window) when the fume hood is not in use reduces the amount of conditioned air exhausted.
• For research equipment that requires water for cooling and other similar purposes, use the minimum amount of water required and cut off the water supply when the equipment is not in use.
• Keep doors and windows shut at all times unless entering or exiting. This will conserve energy, and is a safety measure that helps balance the air system in the laboratories so that safety ventilation devices can function as intended, and is a fire protection measure.


General recommendations for the work environment

key icon• Be aware of the scheduled hours of building operations and plan your work accordingly; do not expect buildings to have fully operational HVAC systems during evenings, weekends, holidays and times when there is minimal occupant use.
• If you need to work during an evening or weekend, some spaces have thermostats with an override feature that will permit you to adjust the temperature for a two-hour block of time. This feature should be utilized instead of heating or cooling an entire building or floor for the convenience of a few people. Contact Facilities Management (8-7928) to learn about this feature.
• Wear clothing appropriate to the seasons.
• Keep all doors and windows in conditioned spaces closed whenever possible.
• If your area is too hot or too cool, contact Facilities Management (8-7928).
• Water leaks, dripping faucets, and fixtures that do not shut off should be reported to Facilities Management (8-7928).


Special considerations for the heating season

down arrow• The temperature in occupied rooms should be maintained at 70 degrees.
• Where possible, Facilities Management will utilize the night setback feature of the building automated control system to set room temperature at 60 degrees (for auditoriums, classrooms and offices) and 68 degrees (for laboratories) during periods when facilities are unoccupied (nights, weekends, and holidays). Spaces that require special temperature or humidity levels are exempt; requests for such exemptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
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In offices/facilities where individual occupants have manual control of their own temperature settings, thermostats should be set at 70 degrees during the day and should be set back to 60 degrees at the end of each business day, weekends and holidays.
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Windows should be firmly closed and locked to prevent air seepage.
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Doors should be closed when rooms are not in use.
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Electric space heaters should not be used.
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Open blinds and curtains during the day to allow sunlight in for solar heat gain. In the evenings, close blinds, drapes, and curtains to reduce thermal heat loss.
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Dress appropriately for the season; wear layers of clothing during the winter months.


Special considerations for the cooling season

Up arrow• The temperature in occupied rooms should be maintained at 75 degrees.
• Where possible, Facilities Management will utilize the night setback feature of the building automated control system to shut down cooling systems (or to set laboratory temperature at 85 degrees) during periods when facilities are unoccupied (nights, weekends, or other times when buildings are closed). Spaces that require special temperature or humidity levels are exempted; requests for such exemptions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
• In facilities where individual occupants have manual control of their own temperature settings for air conditioning units, thermostats should be set at 75 degrees during the day and at 85 degrees at the end of each business day, weekends and holidays.
• In spaces cooled by window air conditioning units, thermostats should be set at 75 degrees when the space is occupied. The unit should be turned off at the end of each business day, weekends and holidays.
• Close outside doors and windows when cooling equipment is in use.
• Wear appropriate light clothing.
• Close blinds and curtains at certain times of the day to prevent direct sunlight from entering the space during the cooling season.

Last modified: Apr 23, 2014
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