Energy saving tips for residence hall living

Conservation Facts:  Did you know up to 90% of the energy needed to was your closhes is attributed to heating water?  So was your clothes in cold!  If you're worried about your clothes getting clean, try some new cold water detergent.For those of you that live in our residence halls, here are our top ten ways to save energy, and make sure the energy you do use isn’t being wasted.  Your energy saving actions can help reduce our campus environmental footprint and control utility costs.

Have you ever wondered how much is spent for electricity, heating, cooling and natural gas at UW-L?  If so, view our Utility Cost data (PDF).

Add-a-tip:   If you desire to add an energy saving tip to this list, send the tip to sweetman.dani@uwlax.edu.

  1. Turn off lights when leaving a room for more than five minutes.
  2. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
  3. Do not use portable electric space heaters on campus.  If you have a concern related to temperature within one of our facilities (or specifically, your dorm room) please do not hesitate to notify UW-L Physical Plant at 785-8585.
  4. When given the option, buy equipment with an Energy Star label. Everything from TV’s to computer monitors to light bulbs and more can be found with the Energy Star label.
  5. Unplug chargers when they’re not charging, they draw energy whenever they’re plugged in.  Our lives are full of little power supplies to charge cell phones, PDA’s, digital cameras, cordless tools and other personal gadgets.  Keep them unplugged until you need them. 
  6. Set refrigerators at 38 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit and freezers between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit.  Make sure the doors seal tightly by placing a piece of paper between the sealing points.  If the paper slides out easily take action to get the gasket replaced.
  7. Limit your shower time and use hot water sparingly.
  8. While washing clothes, wash in cold water when practical, always rinse in cold water and set the appropriate water level for the size of the load. There are now laundry detergents on the market designed to save energy by washing in cold water only. Don’t hesitate to try them, they work great!
  9. Clean the lint filter in the dryer after each use.  If available, use the moisture sensor setting. The residence hall dryers are on a timer, but they often run long after clothes are dry. Check your clothes after 25 minutes, they’re probably already done. If so, drying your clothes longer will only wear them out faster. If practical, use a clothes rack whenever possible because this choice is virtually free and the most energy efficient clothes dryer of all.
  10. Encourage others to reduce energy use, improve recycling and live sustainably.