LET’S ALL COMPLETE 4 IN 4!
Before you leave for holiday break, complete four small actions in under four minutes to help us save energy and achieve our Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal.
Before you leave for holiday break, don’t forget to:
- Unplug. Unplug cell phone chargers, radios, speakers, clocks, printers/copiers, coffee makers!, tea kettles, microwaves and other kitchen appliances. Many electronic devices continue to drain energy even if they are turned off. This is known as Phantom Load. According to the U.S. EPA, Phantom Load is responsible for up to 40% of our electricity use! In fact, a quarter of the energy used by your TV each year is consumed when the TV is off!
- Turn off. What you cannot unplug, turn off! Turn off computers, monitors, lights, and all electronic devices.
- Shut tight. Close all windows and shut the blinds.
- Turn down (the heat). If you have a controllable office thermostat, lower it to 62 deg F. Please do not set thermostats to a temperature below 58 deg F and check to be sure thermostats remain in “Heat” (NOT “OFF”) position.
Be an energy Grinch this holiday season, do your part to help reduce energy and resource use on campus.
Happy holidays from Colgate’s Office of Sustainability!