Energy Savings

  • Air dry dishes, instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing;
  • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).
  • Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
  • Don’t over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
  • Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.
  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material, not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.
  • Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks. Air drying is recommended by clothing manufacturers for some fabrics
  • Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use.
  • Studies have shown that using rechargeable batteries for products like cordless phones and PDAs is more cost effective than throwaway batteries.
  • Natural light should be used whenever possible; avoid turning on overhead lights when they are not needed.
  • Consider using task lighting (desk lamps) when possible; reducing the need for overhead lighting in the room.
  • If you are going to be away more than 5 minutes, turn your lights off, even if they are fluorescent. The startup cost of fluorescent lighting is minimal compared to leaving the lights on for 5 minutes or longer..
  • Turn off unneeded and unnecessary lighting, especially in unused offices, conference rooms, restrooms, copy rooms, break rooms, storage rooms, and internal spaces not in frequent/constant use (backrooms).
  • When rooms or buildings are unoccupied, lights not needed for safety and security purposes should be turned off.
  • The power management features of computers and monitors should be activated so that when a computer is left unused, the machine powers down to "sleep" mode.
  • Computers that are not accessed remotely should be turned off at the end of the business day and on weekends unless otherwise directed.
  • Use duplex printing and copying when available.
  • Do not print out copies of emails or other documents unless necessary.
  • If appropriate, use laptop computers -- they consume 90% less energy than standard desktop computers.
  • Copiers that do not automatically turn off after a period of inactivity should be turned off at night and during the weekend.
  • Turn off all unused electrical appliances such as printers, copiers, coffee makers, and fans when not in use. When possible, plug electronics into a power strip that can be turned off at night to avoid phantom loads..

 

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