WMU News

Reducing energy costs can make a big budget difference

Nov. 18, 2003

KALAMAZOO--There are things that all Western Michigan University employees can do to save energy and reduce energy costs, according to WMU's Energy Manager Carl Newton. Controlling energy costs is especially important with the prospect of further cuts in state funding to WMU.

Some of the many ways to save energy include the following.

Turn off lights and appliances that are not actually being used.

If you are the last person to leave a rest room, turn off the lights.

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.

If you have access to the temperature controls for your area--older type thermostats--keep them set no higher than 70 degrees during heating season and no lower than 76 during cooling season. After hours and other times when your area is unoccupied, lower thermostats to 62 degrees during winter and raise them to 80 degrees in summer.

Wear clothing that is appropriate for the season. If you chill easily in colder weather, wear warmer clothing.

Remember that electric space heaters may be used only in emergencies.

Even if your area has occupancy sensors, turn off lights when you leave a room.

"Anything you can do to help save energy, helps WMU save money, and it is also better for the environment," says Newton. "These same practices can be used at home to reduce your personal utility bill."

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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