Greener Behrend: Energy Savings- Off-Campus Students

Greener Behrend: Energy Savings- Off-Campus Students

  • Dress appropriately for the weather. (In warm weather, wear short-sleeved clothing, and light fabric; in cold weather, wear layers.)
  • Lower thermostat to about 65 degrees F during the day and 60 degrees F at night during winter.
  • Keep air conditioning thermostat as high as possible (around 78 degrees F).
  • Don’t set thermostat at cooler setting than normal when turning air conditioner on.
  • Turn off window air conditioner when you leave a room for several hours.
  • Use a fan in conjunction with your air conditioning unit.
  • Turn off lights/other appliances when you leave a room.
  • Use blinds, curtains, or shutters to keep room from heating up in summer, and keep heat in the winter.
  • Keep refrigerator temperature at appropriate setting (between 38 and 42 degrees F, for freezer 0 to 5 degrees F).
  • Clean refrigerator condenser coils (unplug first!!).
  • Use public transportation / bicycle / walking as much as possible.
  • Do cooking in the early morning or late evening hours.
    • Preheat oven the shortest amount of time.
    • Don’t “peek” into the oven.
    • Put lids on pots.
    • Match size of pot to the size of the burner.
  • When using the drier:
    • Only dry full loads, but don’t over load.
    • Be sure to clean lint screen.
    • Do not set cycle to run longer than necessary, you can always start drier again.
    • Dry loads consecutively.
    • Separate heavy and light items.
  • Persuade landlord/parents to:
    • Weather strip / caulk cracks in doors/windows.
    • Insulate windows with thick curtains or blinds.
    • Install storm windows/doors.
    • Add insulation.
    • Keep heating/cooling equipment in top condition.
    • Consider a heat pump.
    • Install clock thermostat.
    • Buy proper size gas furnace that incorporates an automatic stack damper or induced draft fan, or an oil furnace with a flame-retention head burner.
    • Service oil furnace at least once a year.
    • Clean or replace the filter in forced-air heating system each month.
    • Buy energy-efficient air conditioner.
    • Make sure the ducts in your air-conditioning system are properly sealed and insulated.
    • Consider individual window or through the wall air conditioner units.
    • Install a whole-house ventilating fan.
    • Clean or replace air-conditioning filters a least once a month.
    • Plant trees around house to cool and protect from winds.
    • Install vents and exhaust fans to pull heat and moisture from the attic, kitchen, and laundry directly to the outside.
    • Apply glazing to windows or replace with high efficiency kind.
    • Install solar hot-water heater.
  • Have local utility perform an “energy audit” of your house/apartment.
  • Lower thermostat temperature and use fireplace when applicable.
  • Keep windows by thermostat tightly closed.
  • Don’t place lamps or TV sets near thermostats.
  • Keep radiators clean and free of furniture/clutter.
  • Keep daytime lights low or off.
  • Dust light fixtures and bulbs.
  • Don’t over-light an area (use task lamps for studying/homework).
  • Use outdoor clothesline or indoor drying rack to dry clothes.
  • Use natural ventilation.
  • Do not buy halogen lamps.
  • Replace conventional incandescent bulbs.
    • Compact fluorescent bulbs.
    • Frosted bulbs.
    • Reflector bulbs.
    • “Energy Miser” or “Supersaver” incandescent bulbs.
  • Computers:
    • Set computer for sleep mode.
    • Turn off monitor when not in use.
    • If buying a new computer, buy a laptop.
    • Set printer for power-saving mode, or turn off in between prints.
  • When using an automobile:
    • Try to always carpool.
    • Keep inside of automobile free of clutter; reducing auto weight can save 25% of energy used.
    • Install the most efficient tires available or radials.
    • Eliminate unnecessary trips.
    • Drive at a steady pace.
    • Minimize braking.
    • Don’t let the motor idle for more than a minute.
    • Don’t overfill the tank.
    • If buying a new car, buy an efficient one.
    • Use windows/vents instead of air conditioning.
    • Tint the windows.
    • Keep your car properly tuned.
    • Keep engine filters clean.
    • Use the gasoline octane and oil grade recommended for your car.
    • Check tire pressure regularly.
    • Use high quality multi-grade oil.
    • Wash your car at home.
    • Do not have air conditioner “serviced” unless you know it is broken.
    • Use a repair shop that use CFC recycling equipment.