Green Office: Energy
We shut off our monitors and/or manually send our computers into energy-saving modes (standby or hibernate) when not in use and turn them off at night. [Windows or Mac]
- As backup, we enabled the Office for Sustainability's (OFS) recommended power management settings on our computers. [Windows or Mac]. If changing these settings requires administrative rights, we’ve contacted our IT group for assistance.
- We have sleep mode enabled on all copiers and all printers after five minutes or more of inactivity. [Canon ImageRunner]
[Exit Door Prompts]
- All lights are turned off when not in use during the day and at night, including in common areas such as kitchens, conference rooms, storage closets, and bathrooms. We have posted prompts on light switches, where applicable. [Light Switch Prompts]
- We send, or will send, an e-mail to our staff before holidays and breaks containing an energy-saving checklist. [Example Checklist]
In our desk lamps we use CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs). To dispose of CFLs we enclose them in a plastic bag and deliver them to our nearest e-waste collection site, which can be located by contacting Facilities/Operations. [CFL Fact Sheet and New Bulb Labels]
- When occupancy sensors exist in our offices without manual switches, we know to contact Facilities/Operations if we’d like the sensors to turn our lights off after shorter time periods.
- We examined our office’s use of networked printers and other electronic devices, and contacted IT about consolidating use where it makes sense.
- If we have control over thermostat settings in our office, someone has contacted Facilities/Operations to check that we are setting temperatures and fan speeds at appropriate levels during both the heating and cooling season (i.e. we are not overheating or overcooling our office). We use Facilities/Operations-recommended settings for energy efficiency or OFS-suggested guidelines in their absence. [Suggested Guidelines]
- During cold weather, all of our windows (including storm windows) are shut tightly, if applicable.
- We use power strips as central turn-off points in our individual work stations and switch them off each night. Power strips can be acquired by contacting IT services at your School/unit. [Audit Reminder Cards]
- Microwaves, coffee makers, and other small appliances are unplugged at night or are programmed to shut off through a timer. [Exit Door Prompts]
- During cold weather, the blinds in our individual work stations are closed at night.