Energy & Water Conservation


  • Turn off building lights when leaving. Turn off the coffee maker, TV, radio, computer, etc., when leaving at the end of each day.
  • Turn off all lights in closets and storage areas when not in use.
  • Close doors and windows when building is heated and air-conditioned.
  • Report any water leaks or building Heating & Air-Conditioning problems to work information center at Facilities Operations for repair.
  • Turn personal computers off or have them revert to sleep mode when not in use, especially overnight.
  • Purchase the most energy efficient appliances and electronics. See EPA Energy Star web site at
  • Close fume hoods in laboratories when not in use.
  • Do not leave the water running while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Use battery operated clocks in offices.


  • Install occupancy sensors for offices, classrooms, and bathrooms.
  • Install night setback for HVAC systems for offices and classroom buildings.
  • Install automatic lighting controls for offices and classroom buildings to turn off hallway lights to minimum when building is unoccupied.
  • Obtain an IT policy for energy management of computers campus wide.
  • Replace incandescent lighting with compact fluorescent.
  • Replace T-12 fluorescent lighting with T-8 and electronic ballasts.
  • Install LED exit lights.
  • Install high efficiency motors in new construction and when replacing existing motors.
  • Install variable frequency drives (VFD) on motors in HVAC systems.
  • Install low flow toilets and urinals with automatic flush hands-free.
  • Install automatic flow hands-free sink faucets.
  • Add rain sensors to irrigation systems.
  • Irrigate during early morning hours to reduce evaporation.
  • Use mulch to reduce irrigating.
  • Plant drought resistant, native species whenever possible to reduce the need for watering.