Conservation Tips

Lights

  • 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.

 

Computers

  • Put your computer into ''sleep mode'' (blank screen) 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/Phones

  • Print only when necessary!
  • Try to print using both sides of the paper.
  • Use the ''print preview'' option to find errors before printing.
  • 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. Most printers have this or a similar setting to reduce ink usage on documents that don't require high quality copies. If you're printing out documents that only you'll see, you probably don't need color ink or high-picture quality.
  • Enable power-saving features on all equipment.
  • Turn off printers and photocopiers in the evening and on weekends.
  • 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.
  • Consider using a laptop more often because they use less power than a desktop computer.
  • Use rechargeable batteries for products like cordless phones and PDAs. These are more cost effective than throwaway batteries.

 

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.
  • Don't over-water your plants! Many plants die from over-watering.