Energy saving tips for Academic Buildings and Student Centers

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

For those of you that work, study and play in UW-L’s academic buildings and student centers, here are a few tips 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. 

Add-a-tip:   If you desire to add an energy saving tip to this list, send the tip to

Personal Commitment

  • Become knowledgeable on conservation issues.
  • Promote energy conservation to your coworkers and students.
  • Lead by example and demonstrate energy conservation.
  • Improve operational energy efficiency.
  • 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.

Computer and Office Equipment

  • Remember…screen savers DO NOT save energy.
  • Enable power-save mode for computers, printers, copiers, other office equipment.
  • Turn off computers and other office equipment when possible.
  • Eliminate non-essential office equipment.
  • Consolidate and share under-used office equipment.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Turn-off lights if leaving a room for more than a few minutes.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs in all task lighting.
  • Maximize the use of natural lighting.
  • Do not use halogen lights.
  • Use limited task lighting when possible.


  • Dress to the season.
  • Do not use portable electric space heaters or foot warmers on campus.  If you have a concern related to temperature within one of our facilities contact UW-L Facilities Management at 785-8585.
  • Make sure entry and vestibule doors are closed.
  • Close windows in heated or cooled spaces.
  • Close shades during unoccupied periods.


  • When not in use, close the sash on laboratory fume hoods.
  • Eliminate non-essential lab equipment.
  • Consolidate under-used lab equipment.
  • Keep pots/beakers and water baths covered to reach boiling temperatures faster.
  • Set power-save mode or install timers on lab equipment when appropriate.
  • Turn off equipment, such as drying ovens, when not in use.
  • Consider energy consumption factors when making new equipment purchases.  Buy equipment with an ENERGY STAR label.


  • Turn off water used for cooling of equipment when not needed.
  • Use cold water when possible.
  • Report any water leak to Facilities Management at 785-8585.
  • Limit your shower time and use hot water sparingly.