Reducing Energy Use
While energy conservation can produce immediate environmental and financial benefits, it also helps stretch finite resources as the search for alternative and renewable sources of energy continues. As energy consumers, it is important that we all take an active role in energy conservation!
Energy Conservation Tips
- Energy Star provides energy use guidelines that help consumers choose and purchase products with superior energy efficiency.
- Lighting accounts for about 20% of all electricity consumed in the U.S. Turn off the lights and open your curtains to let the sun shine in!
- You can save energy and extend the life of your electronic equipment by unplugging it when not in use. You should also consider using software that reduces power consumption.
- Elevator use contributes to 5% of building energy consumption; use the stairs instead of the elevator - it's a healthy choice for you and the planet!
- Don't block heat circulation. Keep furniture away from radiators and registers.
- Keep doors and windows closed when the heat or air conditioning is turned on.
- During the day, open curtains and blinds to capture the natural heat and at night, close them to help keep the heat inside. During the summer months, do the reverse.
- Instead of turning up the heat, pile on clothing, socks, and blankets. Wearing several layers of loose clothing is an easy way to stay warm during the winter months.
- Conserve gas while cooking by using the lowest possible oven temperature.
- Wash your clothes on cold water. (It use 90% less energy than washing with hot!)
Energy Conservation in Northwood
- Dial down. Even a one degree difference reduces fuel usage by 3%. Northwood IV and V residents are encouraged to set their thermostats at 68˚F or lower during the day, and 63˚F at night. Northwood I, II and III residents have less control because central heating is provided by boilers, but you can reduce your heat by adjusting the radiator valves in your apartment.
To learn more about energy conservation programs, please visit Energy Management at U-M.
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