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Jan. 19, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 9

10 Energy Conservation Tips

If you have a thermostat, in the winter months turn it down when you leave for the day - every degree by which you lower the thermostat saves 2 percent. Report all overheating to the Boston College Work Order Center at ext.2-3048.

  • Open the shades and use natural light whenever you can during winter days. Close shades at night to help insulate and reduce drafts.

  • Close and lock all operable windows. By locking the window, you are forming a tighter seal. If the window is broken or won't lock properly, please report it to the Boston College Work Order Center at ext.2-3048.

  • When they're not in use, turn off or unplug items that consume electricity: lights, individual coffee makers, televisions, and other electronic equipment. Laptops, cell phone chargers, TVs, stereos and other electronics continue to draw electricity when plugged in, so unplug laptops and cell phone charger when you are not charging the batteries.

  • Unplug your TV, stereo and other appliances when you go out of town for a few days.

  • Do not block radiators or heating vents with furniture or draperies.

  • Shut off your computer monitor when it is not in use.

  • Turn off office, classroom and task lights when not in use. When possible use task lights, with compact fluorescent lighting, rather than overhead lights. Open blinds for natural light

  • Review requirements and assignments for turning off office equipment such as printers, copiers, and other equipment.

  • Run full loads in washers and dryers. Use "warm" instead of "hot" water settings whenever possible.

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