American Studies

How can I reduce my energy use?

  • Keep your heat turned down in winter (68°F or below).
  • If you use air conditioning, turn it up higher (75°F or above).
  • Close windows when air conditioning or heat is on.
  • Repair heating/cooling/electrical/plumbing problems (or place a work order on campus).
  • Turn off lights when you don't need them or when you leave a room.
  • Turn off electronic equipment when not in use.  Most electronics continue to draw power even when not on, so plug them into a power strip and it off when not in use.
  • Take shorter and fewer showers.
  • Don’t let water run while washing dishes and brushing teeth.
  • Wash full loads of clothing/dishes in cold water (Bright Colors).