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Energy Saving Tips for Staff and Residents

Posted on April 8, 2014 by HSC


Consider implementing some or all of these every day activities and reduce energy consumption from 1%-10%.

  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Use full washing machine
  • Use full dishwasher
  • Take showers instead of baths
  • Switch lights off when not in the room or not really needed
  • Reduce appliance use
  • Unplug or turn off power bar for appliances not in use
  • Turn thermostat down (if in suite controls)
  • Reduce A/C use

And here are some additional savings opportunities:

Heating and Cooling:                    

  •  Turn down the thermostat during the heating season
  •  Turn up the thermostat during the cooling season
  •  Set-back the thermostat at night or when you are not at home
  •  Keep windows and doors closed when the heat and/or air conditioning is on
  • Use fans to cool your home
  • Seal gaps or cracks around windows and doors
  • Let sunlight in on winter days and close curtains during the night
  • Stay warm with a sweater & use carpets or area rugs on cold floors

Lighting:

  • Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Clean light fixtures, lamp reflectors and room surfaces
  • Use timers and/or motion detectors

 Water and Energy: 

  • Don’t run the water unnecessarily – water is precious!
  • Make sure your taps and toilet are free of leaks
  • Reduce the temperature on your hot water heater, especially if going away on holidays

Appliances and Electronics:                

  • If buying new electronics or appliances, choose ENERGY STAR
  • Use a kettle to boil water
  • Use a microwave or toaster oven for smaller cooking jobs
  • Air-dry clothes
  • Use power bars
  • Shut down your home computer (the monitor will save 60% of energy used by the computer)
  • Keep appliances well maintained (clean filters etc.)

 

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