I have removed my screen saver.

Screen savers take up a lot of energy. Instead, ensure that your computer switches to sleep mode or avoid using a screen saver at all.

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If there is a facility problem in my room, I report it using the online Maintenance Request Form

Living on campus comes with many perks. One of these perks is that if something is broken, you can let the Housing team know and they can help you out. If you have a leaky faucet or a broken light, let the team fix them and ensure that your room is top quality and sustainable.

I shut off all monitors, computers and associated peripheral devices (ie. printers, etc.) while they are not in use and at night. I have enabled sleep mode/energy efficiency settings on all copiers and printers.
To set power settings on PCs

For Windows XP Desktop and Laptop

  1. Click Start Menu > Open Control Panel > Open Power Options
  2. Customize settings in the Power Schemes tab. Suggested Guidelines:
    1. Turn off Monitor: 10 minutes
    2. Turn off hard disks: Never (Standby does this automatically)
    3. System Standby: 15 minutes
    4. System Hibernate: 25 minutes

To manually put your computer to sleep

  1. Click Start Menu > Then Shut Down/ Standby/ Hibernate
    1. From the drop down menu, choose either Standby or Hibernate. This will immediately put the computer to sleep.
To set power settings on Macs
  1. On the Dock Menu > Open System Preferences
  2. Click on Energy Saver
  3. Customize the settings for your computer. Suggested Guidelines:
    1. Put display to sleep: 10 minutes
    2. Put Computer to sleep: 15 minutes

To manually put your computer to sleep

  1. From the Apple drop down menu, choose Sleep. This will immediately put the computer to sleep
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I take the stairs rather than the elevator whenever possible

Taking the stairs is not only great exercise; it will also save on the energy needed to run the elevator.

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I use a power strip as a central turnoff point for my electronics.

Many of your electronic devices continue to draw power even when they are turned off. To eliminate this power consumption, plug devices such as computers, speakers, cell phone chargers, etc. into a power strip to turn off when these devices are not in use.

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I utilize the Print2Here service to avoid having my own printer.

By utilizing the Print2Here service, you can make printing easy. All you have to do is install the appropriate drivers for your computer and you can print directly to the networked printers. There is no special server to access, and no complicated authentication procedure. Just print!

Print2Here printers are located in the following locations around campus:

  • Carlton Commons - Next to the Fitness Room
  • Fribley Commons - Outside the Fireside Lounge
  • Kelvin Smith Library - First and Second Floor Circulation
  • Leutner Commons - Underneath Stairwell Outside of L3
  • Sears Building - Hallway Between Nord Lab and ESS Electronic Learning Center
  • Thwing Center - Zone Two CyberCafe
  • The Village at 115 - Outside Starbucks
  • Wade Commons - Outside the Fireside Lounge

When a job is received, it is stored by the printer until you go there to pick it up! If you decide not to pick up the job, it will never be printed. Jobs are deleted from the printer if they are not picked up within two hours of printing.

The Print2Here program has teamed with Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life and Educational Services for Students to offer free printing to undergraduate students. Each registered undergraduate student receives a number of free print pages each semester. Additional pages can be purchased using CaseCash for $0.05 each.

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I ensure that my windows are shut tightly and my blinds are down to trap heat in the winter and keep out the heat in the summer.

Closing the blinds at night will help hold the heat in, keeping you nice and cozy.

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I clean out the lint trap in the dryer before each use.

Not only will this increase the life span of the dryer it will also be more environmentally friendly. Cleaning the filter will allow the dryer to use less energy and it will help your clothes dry faster.

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I use Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) or LED bulbs whenever possible.

Not only do CFLs last longer than regular light bulbs, but they use less energy as well. Replacing even one incandescent bulb with a CFL will keep almost 450 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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I dry two loads of laundry in a row in the same dryer to take advantage of leftover heat.

By drying one load of laundry after another you are taking advantage of the leftover heat in the dryer. This can help cut down on the energy being used to heat up a dryer.

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Instead of using a dryer for my clothes, I hang them on a drying rack.

Though it may take a little longer, using a drying rack to dry your clothes can make a big difference. It saves energy and prevents CO2 from entering the atmosphere. In addition, it can make your clothes last longer!

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I take colder showers.

Cold showers save the energy it takes to warm the water. Not only that, it helps wake you up in the morning and take a faster shower.

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I have invested in a smart power strip.

Smart power strips work similarly to regular power strips, with a few one additional bonus. They automatically shut off power to products that are in standby mode. This significantly reduces your power consumption and prevents against vampire energy.

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I utilize the shared refrigerator in my residence hall instead of having my own refrigerator.

Your residence hall has a shared refrigerator for all of the residents in the building. It is located in the common area and is a great alternative to brining your own and saves on energy consumption.

I unplug devices from the wall outlet that still use power when plugged in even when not in use such as cell phone, iPod, or laptop chargers. These devices are known as "power vampires."

Stop feeding your "vampire" power sources and be more sustainable! Vampire power is leaked electricity that comes from electronic devices that are plugged in, but not necessarily on. To avoid this, unplug devices that you are not using or use a power strip.

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I have a reminder posted by my light switch to remember to turn off the lights whenever I leave the room.

Flipping a switch is probably the easiest way to start saving energy. Lights account for up to 15% of a home's energy use, and turning the light off will reduce that number. And turning off the lights whenever you leave a room can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by .15 pounds per hour.

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I purchase Energy Star appliances.

Energy Star is a joint program between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to help save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Energy Star products can cut back on energy and gas emissions without sacrificing features, style or comfort.

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