|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
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
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.