Campus encouraged to power down during the holiday breaks

Western Today staff
Monday, November 21, 2011 - 3:26pm

Offices and workstations that will be vacant for even one day during the upcoming holiday break should be buttoned up and powered down to help the university save energy.

A few courses of action, from the Western Washington University Office of Sustainability and its 10x12 program:

  • Shut your windows
  • Shut curtains/lower blinds for extra insulation
  • Turn off and unplug your computer and your separate monitor
  • Shut off power strips
  • Unplug all appliances not plugged into power strips, including speakers, printers, copiers, fax machines, coffee makers, microwave and toaster ovens, water coolers, etc.
  • Leave refrigerators plugged in, or defrost and clean before unplugging
  • Shut fume hood sashes (in lab buildings)
  • Leave your thermostat at its normal setting. Building thermostats and radiators are monitored by the FM Energy Management Center, and no localized adjustments are needed. For thermostat guidelines, go to
  • Tightly turn off faucets and report any leaks to work control at (360) 650-3420.
  • Water your plants
  • Turn off your lights
  • Remind students and colleagues to power down before leaving campus
  • Turn off lights and shut windows in unoccupied rooms
  • Have a safe and happy break!