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Queen's University

Workplace Energy-Saving Tips

Use energy management controls on your computer

  • Set your monitor to turn off after 5 minutes.
  • Set your system standby to 5 minutes.
  • Set your screen saver to "blank" to reduce your computer's power draw.

At the end of the day, power-down your office

  • Turn-off lights, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, radios and other equipment.

Eliminate phantom power loads

  • Use a power bar to shut off your electronic equipment in order to eliminate phantom load or standby power that is consumed even when the equipment is turned off.
  • Unplug coffeemakers, microwaves and ovens when closing for the holidays.

Reduce lighting load

  • Turn-off lights in unoccupied areas like meeting rooms, classrooms, washrooms, utility rooms and when you leave your office for more than 5 minutes.
  • Replace incandescent task lights with compact fluorescent lamps.
  • Open window coverings to make use of natural light to cut down on the need for electric lighting.

Reduce demands on heating and cooling

  • Raise air conditioning temperature by 2 degrees, and lower heating temperature by 2 degrees.
  • Dress comfortably for the weather and adjust your layers before adjusting the thermostat.
  • Call Fixit for heating/cooling concerns; avoid using space heaters or use a small fan.

Purchase energy efficient equipment

  • Replace CRT monitors with LCD screens.
  • Use Energy Star appliances in lounges.

Ensure equipment operates at peak efficiency

  • Check the temperature of the staff fridge; you don't need to freeze your food.
  • Replace or clean filters according to manufacturer's recommendation.

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