Power Down: Your Holiday Gift to UNH (and the Planet)

Power Down: Your Holiday Gift to UNH (and the Planet)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

If you could reduce your electric bill and your carbon footprint simply and painlessly, would you?

Of course you would.  And this month, in the spirit of giving, you have a chance to do the same for UNH. It’s as easy as powering down – turning off all electronic devices in your office – before you leave for the winter break. And because electronics can draw up to 30 percent of their total energy use while turned off but still plugged in, it’s important to shut them down at the source, by switching off power strips and unplugging appliances like printers and copiers.

Other steps include turning off lights, including those in common areas, closing windows, and ensuring that lab equipment that won’t be used over break is off.

Past power-down efforts have netted more than $10,000 in energy savings for the university and reduced emissions by the equivalent of not driving five passenger cars for an entire year. And while not driving a car for a year might be an inconvenience, switching off your power strip before leaving for break is a breeze!

Learn more about saving energy on campus and at home here.