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Think you’re too small to make a difference? Think again! By keeping energy management in your minds at all times, the savings really add up! Here are some great ideas to get you started. Show some “T.L.C” to your classroom or office: Thermostats, Lights, Computers.

ThermostatsTop of Page

There are several varieties of thermostats throughout the District.  Most of them are pre-programed and locked.  They are set to the District standard.  Those that are not now pre-programed will be changed out to meet the District standard.  We have had several instances where individuals have tried to override the setting.  We ask that you not do this as it defeats the purpose of energy conservation. 

LightsTop of Page

Your light bulbs are called lamps. Here are some things that you can do with lighting:
  • Turn them off!
    You can increase the length of time between lamp replacements significantly by turning off your lights! Sounds simple enough, yet it is easy to forget. Remind yourself and others to do this every time you think you will be away for more than 5 minutes.
  • My eyes! My eyes!
    Too much light can be just as uncomfortable and damaging as too little! The glare from too much light can cause headaches and fatigue. If you think you may have too much lighting in your office or classroom, give us a call. We may be able to reduce it to a more comfortable level, and help keep your room cooler (less heat from lamps)

ComputersTop of Page

These are real energy hogs because not only do they use about 200 Watts per computer, but they generate a lot of heat and cause the air conditioners to work harder. But what can we do …?
  • Sleep is good!
    Yes it is, but we’re talking about putting your computer to sleep! Screen savers may save the screen, but it sure doesn’t save energy! Enabling the power management feature on your desktop can really reduce a lot of waster energy, and protect your screen from damage.
  • Follow these steps:
  • For PCs (running Windows):
    • Right-click on your desktop.  A dialog box appears.
    • Select Properties.
    • Select Screen Saver tab.
    • Select Energy Saving Features.
    • Select Settings.
    • Select the number of minutes after which you want your screen (and your CPU) to power down. We recommend something between 5-15 minutes. If you have trouble on older machines, disable this feature.
  • On Macs
    • Go to the Apple Icon.
    • Select Control Panels.
    • Select Energy Saver.
    • Select Show Details.
    • Check Separate Timing for Display Sleep.
    • Select the number of minutes after which you want your screen (and your CPU) to power down. We recommend something between 5-15 minutes.
  • Turn them off!
That phrase is so versatile! You can get more years of use from your computer by turning it off at night-every night. In the past, this was not the case, but rapid advancements in technology and more accurate studies and reporting indicate that turning your computer off at night will prolong its useful life.