February 20, 2009
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Being Energy Smart can help cut operating costs

Facilities Management is leading the charge to reduce energy consumption on campus. Energy conservation has a direct impact on the Health Science Center’s operating budget and can help us prepare for the possibility of a reduction in the state budget as requested by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst two weeks ago. It also helps the environment. Everyone can help significantly reduce the Health Science Center’s utility costs by taking a few simple steps to save electricity.
                                                
Help reduce energy consumption by:

  • Turning off computer monitors, CPUs, printers, scanners and other equipment when not in use, especially overnight and on weekends. 
  • Enabling the standby/sleep mode and power management settings on your computers and other electronic equipment. 
  • Reviewing document drafts and emails onscreen instead of printing them out. 
  • Networking or sharing printers where possible. 
  • Turning off unnecessary lights and other electrical appliances, especially in areas that are not occupied.
    • Turn off lights in classrooms, conference rooms, offices, exam rooms, etc., when not in use and at the end of each day.
    • Eliminate additional lighting in offices for indoor plants.
  • Sharing refrigerators in break rooms to minimize the use of personal refrigerators. 
  • Eliminating space heaters in UNTHSC facilities. 
  • Wearing cooler clothing in the summer months and warmer clothing in the winter months.
  • Operating vehicles conservatively—easy on the accelerator and brake pedal.
  • Reporting electrical and HVAC problems to Facilities Management right away.  

Reducing energy consumption is just one of the many energy conservation efforts by Facilities Management. Click here for more. UNTHSC logo


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