Conservation Tips, Green Pride

Creating a sustainable environment at Widener goes well beyond increasing our recycling efforts. Students, faculty and staff also need to be more aware of how to conserve resources like electricity and water.

Electricity

  • Unplug energy draining equipment, like coffee pots and laptop chargers, when not in use.
  • Do not leave devices that require charging, such as cell phones and mp3 players, hooked up to chargers for longer than necessary.
  • Use rechargeable batteries for products like cordless phones and PDAs. These are more cost effective than throwaway batteries
  • Replace desk and lamp light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). CFL bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer.
  • In areas that have more than adequate lighting (i.e. corridors or near windows), turn off every other light and/or remove unnecessary bulbs.
  • Turn off lights when leaving the room.
 

Water

  • Report leaky faucets to the maintenance department at 610-499-1095.
  • Don't let water run while washing your hands or brushing your teeth. Keep water turned off until it's time to rinse.
  • Don't flush unnecessary things down the toilet to dispose of them. Throw away tissues in the garbage can, which doesn't require gallons of water.
  • Use the least amount of detergent possible when washing dishes by hand in order to minimize the volume of water needed for rinsing.
  • Keep a bottle or pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator so you have a ready supply of cold water instead of running the tap until water gets cold.
 

Computers

  • Put your computer into ''sleep mode'' by enabling power saving features. Your monitor and hard drive will go into a low power mode when not actively in use. Screen savers DO NOT save energy but giving your computer a nap does.
  • Turn OFF your monitor when going to lunch or a meeting.
  • Set your screen to automatically turn off after 5 or 10 minutes of inactivity.
  • Turn down the brightness of your screen to prolong the life expectancy of your monitor and save energy.
  • Turn off your computer during the evening and on weekends.
 

Photocopiers/Printers

  • Print only when necessary
  • Try to print using both sides of the paper.
  • Make your ink last longer by changing your computer's printer settings to "fast-draft" or "black ink" only, and save on the cost of your printing ink consumables.
  • Turn off printers and photocopiers in the evening and on weekends.