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Help reduce costs and save the environment
June 15, 2004
KALAMAZOO--Hot summer days and periods of low traffic in campus
buildings mean Western Michigan University faculty and staff
need to be vigilant and help monitor campus energy usage. Just
making sure lights are out when work areas are not in use can
save the environment and WMU's bottom line.
"Every kilowatt-hour of lighting conserved saves money
and prevents emission of 1.5 pounds of carbon dioxide,"
says Carl Newton, campus energy manager. "Users are the
key to conservation."
There are several ways that nearly all faculty and staff can
contribute to reducing energy costs and saving the environment,
Turn off lights and appliances that are not actually being
If you are the last person to leave a rest room, turn off
Turn off computers when not in use. If the processor must
remain on when unattended, at least turn off the monitor.
Turn off photocopiers and printers at the end of each day.
Many newer machines will automatically go into "sleep"
mode if left unused, but even in this reduced-power mode, they
use more electricity than if they are turned off.
Check conference rooms, rest rooms and other public areas
at the end of each day to make sure lights are turned off.
Wear clothing that is appropriate for the season.
Even if your area has occupancy sensors, turn off lights when
you leave a room.
Temperature set points for all WMU buildings are 76 degrees
during the cooling season and 70 degrees during the heating season.
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