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Energy Conservation Tips

Computers & Equipment
  • Set your computer to go into sleep mode. You can download the sleep software settings at ENERGYSTAR Monitor Power Management
  • Turn off all computers, lights, and other equipment when not in use.
  • Buy ENERGYSTAR qualified computers, printers, faxes, and other equipment.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
Heating or Cooling Season
  • Turn your thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer.  In the winter, keep your heat set to 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your thermostat set to 85 degrees is a waste of energy and money.
  • Turn your heat down when you go to sleep and when leaving your apartment.
  • Avoid blocking the radiators with furniture.
  • During the heating month(s), you should keep your blinds up during the day to absorb sunlight, and shut the blinds at night to keep the warm air inside.
Office & Lab Behavior
  • Buy/request environmentally preferred products such as recycled paper, Energy Star appliances, and compact fluorescent lightbulbs.
  • Make double-sided copies and minimize printing when possible.
  • Shut your fume hood sash every time you leave the hood (lab users only).
Personal Habits
  • Once a week, take the T or bike to work instead of driving.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Utilize task lighting.
  • Make sure you have CFL bulbs wherever possible.
  • Become involved in relevant future activities by joining the Green Campus Network. (http://www.greencampus.harvard.edu/)