Green Tip of the Month: Energy Conservation in the Lab

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Shut the sash
Leaving a fume hood wide open wastes thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. The lower the sash is, the less electricity is expended exhausting the hood. Simply lowering the fume hood sash to the height of the certification sticker saves a lot of energy, and closing it completely when you're not using it saves even more.

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Clean up
When cleaning up after experiments, think about the environment - when using an autoclave or dishwasher, run a full load and, because filtration is energy intensive, use distilled water only if necessary.

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Turn it off
Turn off centrifuges, electronics and other equipment when they are not in use, especially at night and over the weekend. Don't forget to turn off the lights, too!

Did You Know?

Conservation in the Laboratory

Did You Know?
A typical fume hood that runs 24 hours a day for 365 days a year uses 3.5 times more energy than the average house.