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Energy Saving Tips
Here are some things you can do to help save energy:
Turn off lights when not in use
All too often lights are left on in classrooms and lounges overnight even though there is no one around. This is a waste of energy that can easily be prevented if people remember to turn off the lights when they leave a room.
Use Computer Sleep Mode
If all 8,000 computer monitors on campus used Sleep Mode, the University could save 1.6 million kWh every year. That is equal to saving 64,000 gallons of gasoline at $160,000 in energy costs.
Use compact fluorescent light bulbs
Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing 100-watt incandescent with a 32-watt CFF saves at least $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. If every household in the US replaced one standard light bulb with a CFL the pollution reduction would equal removing one million cars from the road (source: energystar.gov).
Recycling one aluminum can
Enough energy is saved by recycling one aluminum can to run a TV set for three hours or to light one 100 watt bulb for 20 hours (source: The Recycler's Handbook by the Earth Works Group).
Use Rechargeable Batteries
Studies have shown that using rechargeable batteries for products like cordless phones and PDAs is more cost effective than throwaway batteries. If you must use throwaways, check with your trash removal company about safe disposal options.
Unplug Battery Chargers
Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use.
Energy Saving Guidelines For PCS
Personal computers consume significant amounts of energy. Research shows that nobody is using desktop computers for the majority of the time they are running, because people leave them on 24 hours a day. Idling computer monitors across the United States waste approximately $900 million in energy costs each year. By using monitor power management techniques, we could contribute to the equivalent of planting 1,000 to 6,000 square feet of trees or preventing one to four weeks' worth of car emissions.
The federal government's Energy Star program offers a free download with easy, step-by-step instructions that will enable your monitor to go into sleep mode. Using monitor sleep settings does not sacrifice computer performance or interfere with network connections. Rather, it may actually prolong the life of your monitor. And waking up a monitor is as simple as touching the keyboard or mouse, both of which quickly restore the display.
Sleep mode differs from screen saver programs, which merely prevent images from burning into your monitor screen but do nothing to save energy. In fact, screen savers that display moving images prompt your system to use as much power as when you are actively using the computer.
A misconception is the belief that computers and monitors purchased with the Energy Star logo are already energy efficient. In reality, they have built in energy conservation features but your computer cannot take full advantage of these built in energy saving mechanisms until the power management features are enabled and configured.
DOING YOUR PART
Beyond using the monitor sleep mode feature, you can also help reduce your computer's energy consumption by developing good power management habits. A few suggestions include:
- Checking e-mail or using the Internet only when you need to, rather than first thing in the morning so you don't turn on your computer at the start of the day and leave it running;
- Grouping your computer tasks during one or two parts of the day, leaving the system off during other times;
- Turning on different pieces of equipment one at a time, instead of all at once with the switch on a power strip; and
- Turning off your entire computer system, or at least your monitor and printer when you go to lunch or a meeting.