To see if you're doing your part in being environmentally conscious, try completing this checklist every once in a while at your home or workplace!
Check off when you:
[ ] Replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL bulbs).
This can save up to $465 over the life of 4 bulbs replaced with CFLs.
[ ] Turn on the monitor power management settings on my computer CPU and monitor
This saves $8.63 per person per year on average.
[ ] Replace 3D screen savers with simpler screen savers, or a black screen.
This saves $90 per year on average if screen savers are left running at all times when computer is not in use.
[ ] Turn off your computer and monitor overnight and when it won't be in use for more than 3 hours.
This saves $8 per person per year on average.
[ ] Turn off your computer speakers except when you need them.
College-wide, this would save $2,066 per year.
[ ] Turn off and unplug your printer when it's not in use.
College-wide, this would save $623 per year.
[ ] Turn off lights when you leave the room if you won't be back within 10 minutes.
This saves $0.42 per room per hour on average.
[ ] Turn off and unplug appliances (TVs, radios, cell phone chargers, etc.) when you don't need to use them (or plug those into a power strip and turn off the power strip.)
This saves $20-30 per residence per year on average.
[ ] Use the communal refrigerator instead of keeping a minifridge in your own room.
This saves $31.50 per person per year on average.
[ ] Take five minute showers.
Switching from a daily 15-minute shower to a 5-minute shower, you save $0.28 per shower on average. This would save $207,545.63 per year for the entire campus.
* The projected energy savings calculated above are derived from the results of a campus energy audit performed in Fall 2005 by the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). With over 8,000 total students, faculty, and staff using energy at IC, we could save about $146,140 per year on energy if all faculty and staff and at least 50% of students employed these conservation strategies.