Energy Conservation Tips
University employees are being asked to contribute to a cost-cutting measure that is relatively painless, but will help the university save resources - energy savings.
By reducing energy consumption, we can avoid shifting precious resources into the energy budget. And any savings in the current budget can be directed toward energy conservation efforts.
Over time, utility savings from these costs will be the difference in what the utility budget would have needed to be without the conservation measures versus the budget that we will need. By being frugal in our use of utilities, we can redirect funds to other campus needs. This is analogous to why we turn our heat down at home -- we have more money in our family budgets for other uses.
The following ten energy-saving tips are offered to help reduce energy consumption at UNO.
OUT Turn off lights in any room when
lights are no longer needed. Lighting accounts
for 5 percent to 10 percent of total energy use;
when multiplied by the number of users, the potential
for waste is enormous. Make the most of natural
daylight, using incandescent bulbs sparingly (they
are the cheapest but least efficient light source),
using task rather than general lighting, using
fluorescent lighting when possible and turning
off unnecessary lights. Be proactive; turn off
incandescent lights whenever they are not needed,
and turn off fluorescent lights if they will not
be needed for 10 minutes or longer (turning a light
back on does not use more electricity than leaving
it on, but fluorescent fixture life is decreased
if switching is too frequent). If bi-level switching
or dimmers are available, use the lowest setting
that meets your need.
has many different heating and cooling systems, which
makes it difficult to give general rules about thermostat
use. While you will almost always save energy by
turning your home thermostat down (up in summer)
when you're away, that action can have the opposite
effect in some UNL buildings. Use the thermostat
to maintain comfortable conditions in your workspace,
and set it at the desired room temperature. During
non-use periods, Facilities Management & Planning
makes customized adjustments to most buildings' heating
and cooling systems to reduce energy use as much
HEATERS While it may be cool on winter
mornings after an overnight HVAC shutdown, the use of space heaters is strongly discouraged.
Standard electric space heaters consume 1500 watts
at their typical highest setting; that's essentially
the energy footprint of 10 desktop computers with
monitors. Keep in mind that any costs associated
with the operation of space heaters will lessen
the amount saved through our HVAC shutdown policy. So if you're regularly uncomfortable during the hours when UNO's HVAC systems are recovering, consider bringing a sweater to work.
off coffee pots and similar appliances when they
are not in use. A typical coffee pot costs 4 cents
per use and another 4 cents per hour to keep the
coffee warm. Radios and TVs should be turned off
when out of the office.
DRESS Wear clothing appropriate to the
season and weather
lightweight clothing in summer and warmer clothes
in winter. Wear layers so you can adapt to varying
conditions in your workspace and still be comfortable.
winter, drapes or blinds should be open when windows
are in direct sunlight or you are using the daylight,
and closed otherwise. During summer, close drapes
or blinds to prevent direct sunlight from entering
the room. Try not to use windows for temperature
DOORS Vestibule doors
should not be propped open and should always close
and latch behind you.
FANS Turn off small exhaust fans when
they are not needed. Close laboratory fume hood
doors whenever the hood is not being used (and
whenever possible, even during use).
your building maintenance reporter if your work area
is overheated in the winter or overcooled in summer.
Do not habitually open a window to get rid of excess
heat in the winter.
YOUR SUGGESTIONS Have a suggestion for other energy-saving steps that could be taken at UNL? Email Larry Morgan, Assistant Director of Facilities Management & Planning