- Set the thermostat comfortably low in the winter and comfortably high in the summer. Install a programmable thermostat that is compatible with your heating and cooling system.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use. Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR® products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Commercial, Industrial and Public facilities
- Optimize space temperature settings by time of day and by season, moderating conditions during unoccupied hours.
- Improve lighting system efficiency by installing new high efficiency lighting technologies.
- Reduce lighting energy use when spaces are unoccupied. Use automatic controls, and encourage manual switching by employees.
- Weatherize buildings to reduce wall, window and door losses.
- Turn off office equipment, room air conditioners and production equipment when not in use. Use automation or time clocks.
- Enable power management features on all desktop computers and monitors that trigger due to inactivity.
- Perform periodic maintenance of all heating, air conditioning and ventilation equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Verify proper ventilation rates, aligning them with occupancy levels. Reduce or turn off ventilation in unoccupied areas except where required for health or safety.
- Implement procurement practices that emphasize energy efficient equipment targeting ENERGY STAR® labeled products where available.
- Reduce leaks in compressed air systems.
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