As temperatures rise this summer, remember to adjust your thermostat accordingly. Increasing the temperature in your office conserves energy as well as saves Yale money. Below are Yale’s summer temperature guidelines:
Classrooom: Occupied 73-78o F; Unoccupied HVAC Off (Temp. Uncontrolled)
Offices: Occupied 73-78o F; Unoccupied HVAC Off (Temp. Uncontrolled)
Laboratory: Occupied 73-78o F; Unoccupied 78-80o F Night Setback
Library: Occupied 73-78o F; Unoccupied 78-80o F Night Setback
If you are not in control of your thermostat and your building is over air-conditioned, contact the University’s Energy Manager Tom Downing at email@example.com.
Saving energy is a major money-saver, too. Below are six easy and inexpensive tips for reducing energy consumption.
1) Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs).
2) Reconfigure rooms so that electronic items (such as TVs and DVDs plugged into a power strip) can easily be turned off when not in use.
3) Turn off your computer when not in use.
4) Decrease the temperature on your thermostat in the winter and increase it in the summer.
5) Shut windows in the winter and overnight to reduce heating load.
6) Purchase Energy-Star certified equipment.
If possible, consider switching to an electric utility that operates from “green power” — energy generated from renewable sources such as solar, wind, or hydropower. In Connecticut, United Illuminating Co. and Connecticut Light and Power Co. both offer customers the option to get their electricity from these renewable power sources. Ask your utility provider if green power is available.
Before you leave your office for the holidays, don’t forget to…
Unplug your appliances. Computers, stereos, printers, and microwaves draw electricity even when they aren’t turned on. An efficient way to do this is to unplug all of your surge protectors.
Turn down the heat. Thermostats come in all shapes and sizes, from boxes mounted on the wall to dials underneath your radiator. Make sure to find yours and set it appropriately.
Give yourself a day or two before you leave to defrost your refrigerator. Unplug it, empty it out and prop the door open. Make sure to put a towel underneath to absorb drainage.
Turn off the lights. It’s as easy as flicking a switch.