Sustainability

Conserve Resources

Energy

  • Flick the Switch:  With one simple flick of the switch, you can quickly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions at home and on-campus.  Take the time to turn off lights, computers, televisions, and other electronic equipment when not in use.
  • CFLs:  Swith to compact floursecent lights.  CFLs last 8 to 12 times longer than incandescent buls and use up to 25% less energy.  Be sure to dispose of these properly by placing them in one of the CFL Recycling bins located in the lobby of Mercer Residence or the D'Agostino Hall Commons.
  • Purchase Energy Star (R) Products:  Look for the Energy Star label when buying electronic equipment and applicances.  The energy Star program certifies equipment meeting specific quality and energy efficient criterio set bu the US. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. 
  • Put Your PC to Sleep:  Active the power management features, which place inactive monitors and computers into a low-power sleep mode, on your personal computer. 
  • Phantom Loads:  Laptop, MP3, and cell phone chargers, TVs, stereos, microwaves, coffee makers, electric toothbrushes, and other electronics continue to draw electricity when they are plugged-in but not in use.  Electronic devices draw power event when they are off and can account for up to 10% of energy useage (US EPA).  Computers, printers, copiers, and television are some of the worst offenders.  Use a power strip and plug your electronic devised into this strip and shut off the strip at the end of the day.  Or, when not in use keep these items unplugged.
  • Laundry:  Use a drying rack instead of a clothes dryer and wait until you have a full load to wash your clothes.
  • Take the Stairs
  • Blinds & Curtains:  In warm weather, keep the blinds and curtains closed during the day to block direct sunlight.  In cold weather, keep them open during the day for the sunlight and closed at night for insulation.
  • Don't Overload Refrigerators:  Refrigerators are more efficient when air circulation is not restricted.
  • Fans:  Personal fans should be turned off when you are not in the room.  Fans do not cool air, they circulate air, and if you can't feel the fan it is not helping to cool anything.
  • Light Only the Task At Hand:  Concentrate bright ligh where you need it, rather the lighing an entire room.

Water

  • Leaky Faucet?  Report leaky faucets at home and on campus.   A faucet dripping at the rate of one drop per second can result in a loss of 2,700 gallons of water per year. 
  • Wash in Cold Water:  Use cold or warm water, saving the hot setting for those really dirty loads, and be sure to wait until you have a full load.
  • Shorten Your Shower:  The average showehead uses 5 gallons of water a minute.  Installing a low-flow showerhead can reduce water consumption by up to 2 gallones each minute. 
  • Don't Waste a Drop:  When brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face, don't let the water run unnecessarily.
  • Don't Rush to Flush:  Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily, and dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash versus the toilet.
  • When It's Time for a Cold Drink:  Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run eery time you go for a cold glass of water.
  • Defrosting Dinner:  Do not use running water to thaw frozen foods.  Instead, defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on the microwav
  • Doing the Dishes:  Turn off the water while doing the dishes.  Just wet your sponge and scrub the dishings, pile them int eh sick, and when you are done rince them all at once.  If using a dishwasher, only run it when it is full.

 

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