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Campus Conservation Guidelines - To Keep The Lights On
All University students, faculty and staff can help the energy conservation in fulfilling a moral obligation to use energy judiciously:

1. Space Heaters – Eliminate the use of space heaters, each uses one kilowatt of power per hour. Flat panel leg or foot warmers can be substituted and use far less energy (approximately 100 watts) The Purchasing Department is looking into the possibility of bulk buys so that units can have access to them relatively inexpensively.

2. Temperature Control – Except where thermostats are centrally controlled, individual units should meet and discuss implementing temperature recommendations ways that maintain the health and safety of employees, keeping in mind the urgent need to reduce power consumption.

Heating – Maintain thermostat setting at 68 degrees or below where individual controls exist. Physical Plant has implemented this where systems are centrally Keep windows and doors leading to the exterior closed to minimize heat loss.

Cooling – Maintain thermostat setting at 78 degrees or above.This includes all computer/server areas on campus, except where required by the equipment manufacturer or where specific research needs can be demonstrated.

Note: If heating and/or cooling problems exist in the extreme, call the campus Work Order Desk at 9-4444 and a Heating/Ventilation/Air-Conditioning mechanic will be sent to your area to evaluate options and adjustments.

3. Personal Electrical Appliances – Keep use of electrical appliances to a minimum. A couple of tips: Brew coffee, place in a thermal decanter (or drink it) and turn the coffee pot off; and use microwave ovens instead of hotplates for heating water. All appliances should be turned off when not needed.

4. Lighting – Turn off unused and unnecessary lighting. When you leave a room, turn off the lights. Everyone should be involved in turning off lights that have been left on and are not needed.

Natural and Task Lighting – If your location has windows, assess how well natural light will work for you. As an alternative, use task lighting instead of area lighting.

De-lamp – If overhead lights are more than what’s needed, Physical Plant electricians can remove unneeded lamps to achieve the desired effect. De-lamping can save energy and improve glare on computer monitors; however, units should give a broad range assessment of areas to be de-lamped to prevent multiple call-outs for electricians to re-lamp. Keeping egress safety in mind, hallway lighting should be kept to a minimum.

Halogen lamps – Eliminate the use of Halogen lamps above 50W as well as incandescent (300W) torchiere lamps.Retrofit incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs. A CFL only uses one quarter of the electricity of a comparable incandescent bulb.Call x9-4444 to place a work order with Physical Plant and an electrician will deliver and install CFLs as needed in your office or department.

5. Water coolers – Unplug water coolers that heat or cool water.Use microwave ovens as an alternative to heat water for beverages, soups or other uses.

6. Office Equipment - Turn off office equipment that is not being used, such as printers and copiers (unless such machines are relatively new, DOE Energy Star certified units that reduce energy consumption to a trickle during periods of inactivity). At the conclusion of the workday, shut down office and other equipment for the evening.

Computers – Computing equipment draws roughly one-third the electricity used in a typical office. Therefore, turn off computers when not in use. Disable screen saver programs that draw pictures on idle computers and instead enable the energy or power management control panel to turn off the screen after a brief period of inactivity. At the end of the workday, shutdown unused computers AND switch off their outlet strips; this will save the 9-16 Watts they consume even while off. Adopt systems that don't require computers to be left on all the time. Use laptop computers instead of desktop computers whenever possible since they draw 80-90% less energy and accomplish the same tasks. The ergonomic problems of laptops can be solved with simple stands and an external keyboard plus mouse. Computer labs should be completely dark and switched off when closed.Purchasing decisions for computer equipment should consider their energy demands; e.g., monitors in particular have widely differing electricity consumption for similar products

7. Refrigerators – Small refrigerators carry a significant load. Units should consider replacing older or outdated ones with a large energy-efficient refrigerator to "group lunches". A 20-year-old refrigerator lacks many of the modern conveniences current models offer, but, more importantly, it uses nearly twice as much energy. Recycle or donate the old refrigerator to a charity and purchase a new energy-efficient model.

8. Keep fume hood sashes closed whenever possible. This reduces the load considerably at building exhaust fans and supply fans, as well as thermal energy from the Central Plant.

REMEMBER: We all need to do our part. Please conserve!