Campus Energy Saving Tips

Appliances and Other Equipment:

  • Purchase only energy-efficient models.
  • Turn off all energy consuming office and research equipment when not in use, e.g., copiers, refrigerators, environmental rooms, fume hoods, etc.


  • Screen savers do not save energy but giving your computer a nap does. Enable power management features so your computer monitor and hard drive will go into a low power (blank screen) "sleep mode" when not actively in use.
  • Keep all computer equipment off unless in use – especially at night and on weekends.
  • Turn off your monitor when you go to lunch or to a meeting.
  • When purchasing computers and peripherals, buy low wattage equipment certified by the EPA's "Energy Star" program and be sure to enable power management features when setting up equipment.
  • If your computer and other peripherals are connected to an accessible power strip, turn off the power strip once your computer has finished shutting down. Keep in mind that turning off the power strip before the computer has finished the shutdown process may result in data loss or hardware malfunction.

Copiers and Printers:

  • Enable power management features on laser printers and/or turn off laser printers when not actively printing.
  • Think before you print. Print and copy as little as possible.
  • When you must print, do it double-sided.
  • Edit on screen, not on paper.
  • Save to disk instead of printing on paper.
  • Use email to minimize paper use and don't routinely print emails.
  • Send and store documents electronically instead of on paper.
  • Designate a box for scrap paper and use it for printing all drafts or unofficial documents.
  • Circulate documents instead of making an individual copy for everyone.
  • Reuse envelopes by placing a new label over the old address.

Heating and Cooling:

  • Dress appropriately to the season and keep thermostats set at 70 degrees.
  • During the heating season, open blinds, drapes, and curtains to let sun in. If cloudy, close them to keep the heat in especially at night.
  • During the cooling season close blinds, drapes, and curtains to block direct sun.
  • Use hot water sparingly.
  • Guidelines for electric space heaters.
    • No liquid fueled space heaters (e.g., kerosene heaters) are to be used in any University  building.
    • Heaters must meet the following characteristics:
      • Have UL approval 
      • Have heating elements that are protected from contact 
      • Be tilt-proof (when tipped over the heater turns off) 
      • Have adjustable heating controls 
    • Three feet of clearance is required around all space heaters.  NOTHING may be placed on, over, above, or around a space heater. 
    • Space heaters are only be used while under direct supervision.
    • When not in use, the space heater shall be unplugged from the wall electric outlet.
    • Extension cords are not to be used with space heaters. 
    • Space heaters may not be tipped over or positioned in any way other than intended.
    • The user should inspect the space heater daily for cord cracks, hot spots, or signs of wear. Any deficiencies shall be reported to the Physical Plant, extension 3920.
    • For additional information on safe space heater usage, contact the Physical Plant Office at extension 3920.


  • Turn off unused or unneeded lights.
  • Use natural lighting instead of electric lighting whenever possible.
  • Try task lighting and reduce overhead lighting.
  • If you have a desk lamp, make sure it uses a fluorescent bulb.
  • Don’t use table lamps unless illumination from the lamps is actually needed.
  • Use the 10 minute rule: If you do not plan to be in your room or office for more than 10 minutes turn off your lights.
  • Guidelines for good lighting:
    • In general, rely on overhead fluorescent lighting which is energy efficient and should provide adequate illumination.
    • When repainting office spaces, choose a white or off-white color to maximize wall reflectivity and the efficient use of lighting. Even light colors (anything other than white) will significantly reduce lighting levels.
    • When more light is needed (or when overhead fluorescent lighting is excessive), try task lighting at the point of use.
    • Use task lighting with compact fluorescent lamps (not wasteful incandescent bulbs).
    • Turn off all unneeded lights.
    • Do not use energy-wasteful Halogen floor lights.
    • Do not use table lamps and other decorative lighting which serve no functional purpose and just add to the costs of campus energy waste.
    • Experiment with window blinds to maximize the use of daylight. By adjusting blinds you should be able to reflect daylight into your space without introducing direct sunlight. If day lighting makes electric lighting unnecessary, turn off your lights.
    • If you have bi-level switching, try turning half your lights off.
    • If glare on your computer monitor is a problem, try: (1) tilting your monitor down to move the reflection off the screen, (2) moving or turning the monitor so it does not face a source of glare, (3) reducing fluorescent lighting and shifting to task lighting.

Windows and Doors:

  • Keep windows and doors closed in heated and air conditioned areas.
  • Close vestibule doors when propped open.
  • Keep rollup doors closed in shipping/receiving area when not in use.

Report Energy Waste

  • Please report instances of energy waste to Physical Plant.