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Things You Can Do At Your Desk

  • Bring a steel water bottle, mug, etc. to refill rather than purchasing countless plastic bottled waters.

  • Introduce a recycling bin system.

  • Bring your own mug when purchasing coffee.

  • Buy recycled or sustainably sourced paper.

  • Customize your computer settings regarding sleep mode and power usage to increase efficiency.

  • Turn off computers, lights, and other equipment when not in use in your individual office- using more efficient power settings can help.  Do not turn off computer and electronics in common places and class rooms - these are programmed to turn off automatically after a certain amount of time.

  • Avoid blocking the radiators with desks and furniture.

  • Use a power bar to shut off your electronic equipment in order to eliminate phantom load or standby power that is consumed even when the equipment is turned off.

  • Whenever practical, use a task light instead of overhead lighting.

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Things You Can Do At Your Building

  • Reduce lighting load.

  • Open window coverings to make use of natural light to cut down on the need for electric lighting.

  • Unplug coffeemakers, microwaves and ovens when closing for the holidays.

  • Use day lighting whenever available by turning off lights near windows. In entrances, atriums and other common areas, which have daylight coming through windows, de-lamp or install a photocell to turn off lights when adequate natural lighting is available.

  • Install motion sensors to turn off lights in frequently unoccupied areas, such as restrooms, copy rooms, storage rooms, conference rooms and offices.

  • Consider installing vending misers or cooler misers on beverage machines. Some cities have saved 40% or more on energy costs when installed.

  • Insulate between heated and unheated spaces. Plug air leaks around windows, doors, light switches, electrical outlets and other openings. Do not leave doors and windows separating climate controlled spaces from non-climate controlled spaces open for any longer than necessary for entry and egress, or other business related purposes.

  • Limit/discourage use of individual heaters, fans, coffee warmers, coffee pots and personal refrigerators.

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Things You Can Do In Your District

  • Educate friends, family and neighbors as to the impact energy costs have on our city and how their daily actions can dramatically reduce our over energy use and the associated costs.

  • Keep tires property inflated.

  • Combine trips.

  • Do not carry unnecessary cargo in the vehicle. For example, 100 pounds of materials carried in a car will reduce the gas mileage by 3-5%.

  • Educate friends, family and neighbors as to the impact energy costs have on our city and how their daily actions can dramatically reduce our over energy use and the associated costs.

  • Shop for local and in-season produce.

  • Facilitate Car-pooling in your business with workmates that live nearby.

  • Borrow, instead of buy.