Before you leave your classroom or your house for the long weekend, be sure to turn off computer monitors and printers. These electronics continue to draw energy even when the computer is shut down. Take a look around and SEE where you can conserve energy while away from school or home.
Wishing you a fun, safe, and efficient Thanksgiving!
It's beginning to feel a bit like winter out there so here are some great fall and winter energy saving tips from the US Department of Energy. Click here to read the post on energy.gov and hold on to your hat!
Thanksgiving is next week already and about.com has a great article with 10 tips for a Green Thanksgiving. This list really captures the spirit of the first Thanksgiving. Click here to go to the posting.
So what can YOU do this month to not waste energy?
At the end of the day, don’t wait for the auto shut
down which can be hours later, power off your computer when you leave. And while you’re at it, power down
your monitor and speakers too. Lastly, don't forget your lights or any other lights
in unoccupied areas. THANKS!
An easy way to save energy is to turn down the
brightness of your computer screen. It takes more energy to run a brighter
display. Many computers have shortcut keys or brightness settings. If
you use a battery powered lap top you probably turn down the
brightness to preserve battery so if you are on a desk top, turn down the
brightness to use less energy.
Another simple energy saving tip for your office area is to unplug printers, scanners and other hardware when you
are not using it. Unless you print regularly, leaving your computer's printer
or scanner plugged in is unnecessary. Disconnecting it from the power outlet
saves energy. Or if it is easier, plug the printer into a power strip and
switch it off unless you are printing.
The attic is one of the places where you will often find the
biggest air leaks which in turn can increase your energy bills and make it uncomfortably
hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter.
It is also an area that is usually accessible making it
easier to seal and insulate.
So to improve the comfort level of your home during the
heating and cooling months and to be much more energy efficient, look up!
Did you know an
extra 100 pounds of weight in your car will reduce your fuel economy by as much
as 2%? Be sure to remove roof racks and car top carriers when not in use
and keep your trunk empty for a fuel efficient ride.