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For School

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  • Dress appropriately for the season; wear layers of clothing in the winter 
  • Keep thermostats set at 68°F during heating season and 78°F during cooling season 
  • Keep exterior and interior doors and windows closed 
  • Minimize use of hot water 
  • Minimize personal appliances in classrooms and offices; use staff lounge   
  • Turn off and unplug all appliances when not in use  
  • Plug appliances into a power strip; help reduce “phantom” loads  
  • Keep blinds closed in the summer to reduce heat load from the sun; open blinds in the winter to gain natural heating  
  • Turn off lighting when the room is unoccupied  EASE: light-switch.jpg
  • Use natural light whenever possible; open blinds and turn off lights  
  • Consider using task lighting or a desk lamp and reduce overhead lighting  
  • Turn off your computer before leaving for the night and weekend  
  • Do not leave printers idle, turn them off when not in use 
  • Turn off your computer monitor when you are not at your desk- saves more energy than a screen saver 
  • Make sure the power management features of your computer, printers and copiers are activated  
  • Keep vents clear of furniture, books and supplies 
  • Pack a waste free lunch; use reusable containers
  • Avoid using the microwave; bring a cold lunch
  • Bring a reusable water bottle
  • Conserve by printing only what you really need
  • Use electronic communications as much as possible
  • Carpool, bike or walk to school               EASE: bike_cartoon.gif
  • Report water faucet and air leaks from windows and doors to teacher/EASE



For Home

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  • Turn off the lights when you are not using them
  • Cut back the lights you are using; try lower wattage bulbs and dimmers
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical appliances when not in use
  • Decide what you want to eat before opening the fridge
  • Shorten your shower time
  • Detect and fix any water and air leaks
  • Set your thermostat to 68°F in the winter and 78°F in the summer
  • Keep your doors shut; leaving cool or warm air in the house
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Don’t let the dryer keep running when clothes are dry; try air drying clothes
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFLs)
  • Use a laptop instead of a desktop
  • Install a low flow showerhead
  • Use natural light
  • Use a fan instead of air conditioning to cool down
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth
  • Use the microwave instead of the stove when you can
  • Keep blinds closed in the summer to reduce heat load from the sun
  • Open blinds in the winter to gain natural heating
  • Be sure your home is adequately insulated
  • Turn down the water heater temperature to a maximum of 120°F
  • Wrap your hot water tank with insulation
  • Install a programmable thermostat