Don’t Gobble up Energy This Thanksgiving Break

 

Thanksgiving break is just around the corner! While we’re all excited to trade our pens, notebooks, and study guides for turkey, gravy, and pumpkin pie, it’s important to remember the important role we play in reducing energy waste here on campus. Taking five minutes to Power Down your living area can save seven days’ worth of wasted energy over break. After all, Thanksgiving is best spent with a fat turkey, not a fat energy bill.

Here are some tips to avoid gobbling up too much energy when you’re gone:

  • Turn off all lights.
  • Turn down your heat (if available in your room).
  • Turn off all appliances like computers, printers, coffee makers, desk lamps, etc.
  • Make sure to unplug everything – TV, microwave, game consoles, phone and device changers, digital clocks. When appliances are plugged in, they still use energy even if they are off.
  • If you have items plugged into a power strip, make sure to turn the strip off.
  • Report any maintenance problems such as leaky faucets, windows that won't close, or extreme room temperatures to your front desk and fill out a work order.

See more at https://sustainability.uiowa.edu/initiatives/energy-climate/energy-conservation/power-down-during-breaks/