Winter Energy Savings
Green Tip of the Month: Winter Energy Savings
Keep energy use in check
It’s tempting to crank up the thermostat in the winter, but heating represents about 50% of a household’s energy consumption this time of year, and that can put a dent in your wallet. Set thermostats in your home, office or lab to 65 to 68ºF while you’re up and active, and reduce it to 60 to 65ºF when sleeping and 10 degrees less than that when away. For on campus thermostat adjustments, call Plant Operations. Also, try using a space heater to warm up a room rather than waste energy on heating a whole house or apartment.
Be crafty to minimize draft
Seal drafty windows and doors with insulation kits, caulk or weather-stripping to keep the warm air inside. It also helps to remove window air conditioners, or to cover up the interior and exterior faces of permanent ones. When on campus, make sure to use the revolving doors to prevent heat from escaping — they save up to 30% in energy costs spent reheating lobbies.
Make use of the heat you have
Air feels warmer in higher humidity — purchase a humidifier or place pans of water on your radiator, and allow steam from showers or dishwashers to escape into adjacent rooms. Keep heat vents, radiators and baseboard heaters unobstructed and open blinds or curtains during the day for south-facing windows and close them at night. Try turning on ceiling fans to the lowest speed to push elevated warm air back down toward the floor.
Did You Know?
The average energy lost using a swinging door as opposed to a|revolving one is equivalent to: 1.3 hours of light from a desk lamp; 4.3 hours of light from a compact fluorescent bulb; or .06 miles of fuel for an automobile.