Power Down Over Thanksgiving Break


Below is a reminder from the Office of Sustainability about powering down appliances, computers, and other devices over the Thanksgiving break. You’ll notice that some of the suggestions don’t apply to you. Follow the suggested guidelines as applicable for your situation. If you’re using the studio regularly, feel free to leave the computers on as you’re coming and going. However, if  you’re the last one leaving at the end of the day, or prior to a holiday or weekend, please consider powering down the computers and making sure the lights are off. Thanks!

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From: The University of Iowa Office of Sustainability
To: You
Date: 18 November 2014
Re: Holiday Energy Savings

If your office, lab or workstation will be vacant for even one day during Thanksgiving break, remember to unplug and power down to reduce campus energy consumption.

Complete our power down checklist at http://bit.ly/breakpowerdown and be entered in a drawing for LED flashlights, key chains and multi-function lights. When you power down over break, it’s a win for you, the University of Iowa and the environment.

Here are some things on the checklist:

  • Unplug all things electrical. That means copiers, printers and fax machines, monitors, speakers as well as televisions, microwaves, phone and device chargers, coffee makers and other appliances that use energy even when turned off. Before turning off or unplugging your work computer, talk with your local computer support staff.
  • Turn off lights. Close all outside doors and operable windows.
  • Draw curtains or close blinds to help retain building heat, but you can open south-facing curtains or blinds to allow sunlight to naturally heat your area.
  • Shut fume hood sashes in labs.
  • Report any maintenance problems such as leaky faucets, windows that won’t close, or extreme room temperatures to the Work Control Center at 335-5071, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or dial 159 internally for University Hospitals and Clinics.

This energy conservation effort is part of the University of Iowa’s Vision 2020 Sustainability Vision, which includes a goal consuming less energy on campus in 2020 than consumed in 2010 despite projected growth.

See http://sustainability.uiowa.edu/campus-life/office-classroom/ for more energy-saving tips or email sustainability@uiowa.edu for more information.

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