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Environment / Sustainability

Saving energy in the summertime

July 3, 2013

CSU uses as much electricity in the summer months when most students are gone as we do during the academic year; why? Air conditioning.

While not every building has A/C, even the ones that do just can’t keep up when it is 100° outside. You can help CSU to save energy during the heat of the summer – and help make your building more comfortable.

Before you leave the office – take a look around, close windows and blinds and turn off any and all equipment that will not be in use once you leave. When office equipment is on – it generates heat. This heat from equipment makes your building’s A/C work even harder – not a good thing when it is already overworked because it's so hot outside. Please do your part to practice energy conservation here at CSU.

Energy conservation tips

Please consider these tips for energy conservation in the summer heat, here’s what you can do:

  • Please be sure your windows are closed
  • Close the blinds to block out the hot summer sun
  • Power IT down (it is OK to turn off your computer each night, unless your research project or department specifies otherwise)
  • Turn off your monitor (use the little button, and turn it all the way off)
  • Turn off your personal desktop printer
  • Turn off all other little devices (speakers, radio, calculator, etc.)
  • Turn off the lights
  • Remember: If it’s not in use, turn off the juice!

Whether you are gone overnight, for just a few days, or taking an extended break – these are especially good times to practice energy conservation at CSU, and please, keep these tips in mind to save energy every day – every watt counts.

Thanks a 'watt!'

To learn more about the energy conservation, what you can do or, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Stacey Baumgarn, campus energy coordinator – he is happy to help. Contact Stacey by email or phone at 491-0328.   

Contact: Stacey Baumgarn
Phone: 491-0328