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February 26, 2009

Emory's Office of Sustainability Initiatives wants to remind you of a few simple and practical ways to reduce energy use in your residence hall or office over spring break. These same tips can be used whenever you leave Emory, even if only for the night. Over the winter holidays, we saved approximately 3.2 billion BTUs (British Thermal Units) of energy in 14 buildings. That energy reduction prevented 294 tons of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and saved the University approximately $20,000. With your help, we can achieve even greater reductions over spring break and in the weeks ahead to help Emory reach its goal of reducing energy use by 25% per square foot by 2015.

• Unplug electronic devices using standby electricity.These devices include personal computers, TVs, microwaves, refrigerators, alarm clocks and radios. Keep in mind, any equipment that turns on instantly requires standby electricity. Clean out refrigerators before unplugging.
• Turn off all lights, including bathroom lights, desk lights and overhead lights.
• Adjust your thermostat: If you have a thermostat in your residence hall room, please turn it off. For office space, please set thermostats between 68 to 72 degrees.
• Close blinds to help retain heat in the building. If you are the last person in your building, walk through to ensure blinds are lowered and lights are off.
• Close exterior doors and windows completely.
• Study in your residence hall or library. Students remaining on campus over the break are encouraged to study in their room or the libraries since many classrooms will be operating on an energy conservation program.
• Report leaky faucets to Campus Services at 7-7463. A leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period.

Remember, you have the power. Don’t use it.






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