- Turn off the lights when they are not in use. Lighting accounts for nearly 50% of the electric bill in most schools. There’s no reason to leave lights on if a room is empty for more than one minute. (And, yes, this applies to the new energy-efficient fluorescent lights.)
- Utilize daylight harvesting whenever possible. Opening blinds to allow sunlight in and turning lights off is easy.
- Students should turn off monitors that will not be used for the next class period. All computer equipment should be turned off at the end of the day and on weekends, unless your network technicians specifically instruct otherwise.
- Cook with small appliances. Cook with your toaster oven, electric skillet and slow cooker for specialized jobs, rather than the range. Small appliances use less energy.
- Use the microwave. Microwave ovens shorten cooking times, which saves energy.
- Clean or replace air filters. Replace filters on exhaust hoods, humidifiers, vacuums, etc. Clogged filters impair performance and cause the units to run longer.
- Run cold water for disposal. Hot water requires energy to warm the water. Cold water saves energy and solidifies grease, moving it more easily through the garbage disposal and pipes.
At the Office
- Plug all your office equipment into power strips.
- Email is your friend! Save even more on paper and energy by emailing information instead of printing multiple copies for everyone in the office.
- Make sure you are using an Energy Star certified computers. Computers that meet ENERGY STAR criteria use up to 65 percent less energy when power management is enabled.