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What You Can Do To Save Energy!

Regardless of whether you are a student, staff or faculty there is always something that you can do. 

Faculty and Staff: Here are some great ideas to save energy in your office…

Students: Check out these ideas to get involved with sustainability at Cornell.

At Home: Many of the tips found below will also work to save you money at home- but here are some more ideas!

Yes!, There are so many ways to make a difference and Yes!, it is super easy.  For example:

Turn off the lights when you leave a room or when the party is over!
There are more than 25,000 light switches on campus.

Set your computer to power-save, or sleep, mode!
Screen savers don't save energy. Power-save mode does.

Turn off your computer overnight and on weekends!
A typical computer left on permanently consumes more than $100 per year in electricity

Shut off peripherals, like printers, with your computer.
Computer peripherals account for 10 percent or more of a work station's energy use.

Closing the fume hood sash! 
A typical 5-foot-wide fume hood increases heating and cooling costs by $5,000 a year. Closing the sash increases safety and can decrease energy use.

Close the blinds in the summer.
Shades and blinds can reduce a room's peak cooling load by 30 to 50 percent.

Always buy energy-efficient equipment and LED replacement light bulbs!
 Each 1,000 watts used costs $700 per year.