Energy Saving Tips

Facilities, Planning and Construction

Energy-Efficient Lighting Tips

  • Use natural daylight when possible.
  • Report any lighting problems to your Zone Maintenance office. This might include a burned-out lamp, defective occupancy sensor or a flickering bulb.
  • Turn off the lights in classrooms, offices and restrooms when the rooms are not being occupied.
  • Consider using desk lamps ("task lighting") and reducing overhead lighting in the room.
  • If your building has areas where "occupancy sensors" are being used to turn lights on and off (such as in conference rooms, restrooms and hallways), please cooperate with their use.

Energy Conservation in the Laboratory

  • Keep fume hood sashes closed when not in use. Fume hoods operate in a vacuum by drawing room air and any undesirable fumes through the cabinet and exhausting it out the building's exhaust stack. Fresh air is very expensive to heat or cool. Lowering the sash (the glass window) when the fume hood is not in use reduces the amount of conditioned air exhausted.
  • Turn off all equipment when not in use. This includes everything from hot plates to lights to computers.

Energy Efficient Computing

  • Do not turn on the printer until you are ready to print. Printers consume energy even while they are idling.
  • Do not print copies of email unless necessary.
  • Most computer equipment now comes with power management features. If your computer has these features, make sure they are activated.
  • The best screen saver is no screen saver at all -- turn off your monitor when you are not using it. This option is second best only to turning off your computer altogether.

Frequently Asked Questions - Energy Conservation

Q: Is it more energy efficient to keep turning fluorescent lighting on and off all day or to just leave it on? Our office uses the room at least every 20 minutes during an eight-hour work day but no one is ever in there all day.

A: By leaving fluorescent lamps on you save the lamp life, but not energy costs.