Save Energy

Energy opportunities in your office, residence hall, or home—easy ways to quickly cut your carbon footprint.


  • Turn your lights off when you are not in the office
  • Adjust your computer’s energy settings
    • Enable standby or sleep mode to monitor to turn off the monitor after a few minutes of inactivity
    • Enable hibernation for weeknights
    • Shutdown your computer during weekends

Residence Hall

  • Adjust your thermostat down when you leave your room
  • Adjust your thermostat instead of opening a window; turn system off before opening a window
  • Turn lights off when you leave your room
  • Turn off personal electronics, such as TVs and gaming systems when not in use


  • Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
  • Air dry clothes.
  • Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

From the Department of Energy’s Tips on Saving Money & Energy at Home (pdf)