1. Switch It Off:
Turn off the lights when natural light is sufficient and when you leave the room.
It’s that simple!
2. Climate Control: Keep your temperature system on a moderate setting while you’re in the room.
3. Wasteful Windows: Use your windows wisely! If your climate control system is on, shut them. If you need a little fresh air, turn off the heat or AC.
4. Minimize Plug Load: Cut down the number of appliances you are running and you will save big on energy. For example, share your mini-fridge with roommates and minimize the number of printers in your office.
5. Phantom Power: Did you know that many electronics continue using energy even when powered down? This is true of any charger, television, printer, etc. Use a power strip to easily unplug these electronics when not in use.
6. Give it a Rest: Power your computer down when you’re away. A computer turned off uses at least 65% less energy than a computer left on or idle on a screen saver.
7. Take the Stairs: Use the stairs as often as possible - elevators consume electricity. You do not.
8. Loaded Laundry: Only do full loads of laundry and use the bright colors cycle whenever possible.
9. Shorter Showers: Take shorter showers. The less hot water you use, the less energy is needed to heat the water.
10. Switch to Efficient LED: LED light bulbs use 90% less energy than incandescent and last up to 30 times longer.
A few more tips:
- Conserve Paper – Print and copy on two sides, save single-sided pages for notes, and print only what you need.
- Recycle – Take a few steps to a recycling center in your building to deposit aluminum cans, plastics, glass, office paper, newspaper, or cardboard.
- Promote Reuse – Donate used cell phones and chargers, furniture clothing and cleaning and school supplies.
- Get a Little Exercise – Consider walking or riding a bike if the distance is reasonable. Walk from your bus or subway stop to your office or lab.