WATT WATCHER FACTS
Should I turn off florescent lights when leaving the room for only a short period of time?
Both energy and money are saved when turning off florescent lights, even for a short time. When florescent lights were first introduced, starters were required along with ballast systems that required a heavy amount of start up energy. Bulb life was severely shortened by repeated on-off switching. However, beginning in 1976, florescent bulbs and ballasts became much more efficient. Consequently, both energy and dollars are saved when florescent lights are switched off even for a relatively short period.
If every teacher in Texas turned out the lights at lunch and after school, it would save $14 million every year. If ½ of the 2.7 million teachers in the U.S. turned out their classroom lights on the way to lunch, it would save $34 million dollars a year.
I do not want to turn my computer off whenever I'm not using it. Is there a way to conserve energy when my computer is not in use?
Monitors use 60-90 watts of power when they are on---whether they are being used or not. When the monitor is in sleep mode the monitor only uses 2-10 watts of power. Monitors as well as CPUs should be set to automatically revert to sleep mode when not in use. The district standard is 15 minutes for monitors and 2 hrs for CPU's. All CPUs, printers, monitors and speakers should be turn off at the end of the day. If you need assistance with setting your CPU or monitor to sleep mode contact your campus energy manager or technology specialist.
Watt watcher tips:
Its not just a work place habit. Watt Watching should be a lifestyle practice. Saving energy - saves money at work, at school and at home.
Some suggestions for Watt Watching at home include:
•Lowering the indoor temperature a few degrees in winter (you will save about 2% per degree). Set it even lower at night and a full 10 degrees lower when you're on vacation.
•Replace light bulbs used more than two hours a day with compact fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs last longer and use one-third as much energy as standard bulbs.
•Skip the dishwasher's drying cycle and open the door for drying purposes. Cut the energy use by about one-half.
Did you know that, The Department of Energy estimates that on the average 40% of all electricity used to power electronics is consumed while the products are turned off? If you don't turn off your PC or other electronic products when they are not in use, make sure they go into a low-power, sleep or hibernate mode. Plug ancillary devices into a power strip and turn it off when not in use.
Please take extra time & precaution to power down all work spaces before leaving for school breaks.