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Making additional, simple decisions about energy use will improve our environmental footprint and save the campus money ─ returning those funds to teaching and research.

No matter if you are a student, faculty, or staff member, we have information about proven ways to save energy in offices, labs, residence halls, and other campus areas. Learn more about how your actions can make a big difference in saving energy on campus.

1. TURN OFF WHAT YOU’RE NOT USING

  • Monitors and lights when you’re away for more than 15 minutes
  • Overhead lights when not needed, including in common areas
  • Individual printers and other equipment at night and on weekends

2. BUY ENERGY EFFICIENT PRODUCTS

  • Make sure your new computer, appliance, and electronics purchases are ENERGY STAR
  • Choose CFL or LED light bulbs instead of incandescents

3. REDUCE THE ENERGY USED BY YOUR COMPUTER

  • Enable the energy-saving features like sleep mode
  • Avoid screensavers, they cause newer monitors to use more energy
  • Reduce the brightness and bump up the contrast of your monitor

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