Off campus for spring break? Remember to power down

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 9:35am
Western Today staff

Those whose offices or computers will be unused for even one day during the upcoming break should take the following actions to reduce phantom energy consumption:

  • Shut your windows.
  • Shut curtains/lower your 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, no localized adjustments are needed. Thermostat guidelines from WWU.
  • Tightly turn off faucets and report any leaks to work control (360) 650-3420.
  • Water your plants.
  • Turn off your lights.

What else can you do?

  • Remind students and colleagues to power down before leaving campus.
  • Turn off lights and shut windows in unoccupied rooms.