Unless your institution is operating on a year-round basis, odds are many of your school facilities will be close to empty for at least part of the summer. Make sure you are doing what you can to conserve energy to keep your utility costs as low as possible. If you’re not already, you can track your conservation with ConserveDirect and benchmark energy use and costs per building. Top performing ENERGY STAR schools cost $.50 per square foot less to operate and save up to 35% on energy and greenhouse gas emissions.
Summer Energy Conservation Tips
1. Turn off computers
A computer left on for one week, will cost you over $2 in energy cost. If computer or media center are unused, make sure all computers, monitors, and other electronic equipment is turned off.
2. Shut off the air conditioner
What rooms or facilities will not be used? Consider raising the temperature or maybe even turning off the air conditioner depending on your climate.
3. Unplug unused equipment
Does your faculty and staff bring in electronic heaters, coffee makers, toaster, extra lighting? Make sure all those unused devices are unplugged to reduce your “phantom loads.”
4. Turn off lights
Probably the most obvious piece of advice but we find that it is also very often overlooked. Remind your custodial team of turning off lights. Summer time might also be a good time to install LED lights for improved energy efficiency.
5. Perform basic maintenance
A well-maintained piece of equipment does not only run better, it is also more energy efficient. Replace or clean filters, install timers to shut off equipment when not in use, check for water leaks, or replace your vending machines with ENERGY STAR® rated equipment—replacing 5 of them can save you up to $900 per year in energy!
If you need tips for getting started with an energy savings program, download one of our whitepapers: Reducing Energy Consumption in K-12 Schools or Reducing Energy Consumption at Colleges and Universities.