What You Can Do
Creating a sustainable environment at Widener goes well beyond increasing our recycling efforts. Here are things you can do to conserve resources like electricity, fuel, and water.
- 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.
- Report or fix leaky faucets.
- 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.
- 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 you are not using it.
- 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.
- 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.
- Choose energy efficient vehicles.
- Bike or walk when possible.
- Carpool or take public transportation.
- Plan errands and trips for efficient routing.