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ETSU Sustainability

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Saving energy saves money and minimizes dependency on fossil fuels. Do your part to conserve energy by using some of the suggestions below:

 


 

Staff

Turn off lights when leaving a room

Use LED or CFL light bulbs in secondary lighting, which consume 90% and 75% less energy than incandescents, respectively. Learn more about bulb comparisons at http://eartheasy.com/live_led_bulbs_comparison.html

Unplug electronics when not in use. Laptop and cell phone chargers, speakers, TVs, microwaves, and other cables continue to draw energy even when you're not using them – this is known as "vampire power" or "phantom load". Tip: You can use a power strip (or smart strip) to plug all devices into, and then simply unplug the power strip cable when you aren't using those devices.

Set your computer to go to sleep when not in use. Shut it down at the end of your workday, and remember to turn off the monitor.

If you're in an area with a programmable thermostat, set it to a moderate temperature to avoid excess energy use associated with heating and cooling (set to 68-72 when heating and 74-79 when cooling)

As new appliances are needed in your workspace, purchase those that are energy efficient (Energy Star rated). Set all appliances to power save mode when possible.



Students

Turn off lights when leaving a room.

Use LED or CFL light bulbs in secondary lighting, which consume 90% and 75% less energy than incandescents, respectively. Learn more about bulb comparisons at http://eartheasy.com/live_led_bulbs_comparison.html

Use only the amount of light necessary for the task at hand, and open shades to utilize natural light instead of indoor lighting, when possible.

Avoid decorative lighting (string lights, decorative lamps, etc.).

Set your computer to go to sleep when not in use.

Unplug electronics when not in use. Laptop and cell phone chargers, speakers, TVs, microwaves, game consoles, and other cables continue to draw energy even when you're not using them – this is known as "vampire power" or "phantom load". Tip: You can use a power strip (or smart strip) to plug all devices into, and then simply unplug the power strip cable when you aren't using those devices.

Wash your clothes in cold water. This reduces the amount of energy required to wash your clothes since you won't be heating the water.


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