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Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

  • Turn off all lights when there is no one occupying bathrooms, rooms and lounges.

  • Change personal clip-on and desk lamps to Energy Star CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs). These bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 6 to 10 times longer. An incandescent light bulb uses only 10% of the power to produce light; the rest of the electricity is wasted as heat energy.

  • Use natural lighting during the day.

  • Use clip-on or desk lamps and turn off overhead lights instead of using both.

  • Buy Energy Star appliances which reduce "vampire" loads (wasted standby power in many electronic devices) that account for 5% of electricity use in the U.S.

  • Enable power management features on computers and turn off computers when not in use. For guidance on power management features go to: Windows and Mac. A computer monitor left on overnight wastes enough energy to laser print 800 sheets of paper.

  • Unplug chargers and adapters that are not in use.

  • Use night lights in bathroom that automatically turn off in the day and on at night.

  • Don’t keep the refrigerator door open. For every minute a refrigerator door is open, it will take three minutes for it to regain its temperature.

  • Use cold water cycles when washing clothes when possible.

  • Clean the dryer lint filter after each load to shorten drying time.

  • Check your refrigerator gasket for tightness with a dollar bill by closing the door on it. Feel if there is resistance as you pull it out. A tight gasket will save energy.

  • Set your refrigerator between 37°F and 40°F, anything colder wastes energy.

  • Use your microwave instead of your oven anytime you can.

  • Dry your clothes in the winter on an indoor clothes rack when possible. It will save energy and keep you healthier by raising the indoor humidity in your room.

  • Be creative and share energy saving tips you learn with those around you.

Visit the Green Tips page to learn more about how to reduce your environmental impact.
For more information, please contact:
Paul holt, Maintentence Control Manager
holtpa@elon.edu
Phone: 336-278-5460

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