This email came across the transom at the George Washington University this week and someone forwarded it our way. We thought it offered a few good nuggets of practical advice so we decided to post it here.
GW Students, Faculty and Staff:
You can help GW save energy over the Thanksgiving Break by conserving energy and
water. Before you leave campus, please take the following actions to help GW
reduce its carbon footprint:
1. Turn off all lights
2. Turn off monitors, printers, scanners, copiers and fax machines
If your computer is set up to receive automatic updates from ISS or directly
from software providers, you may wish to leave your main computer - your CPU
(central processing unit) - turned on during the break.
3. Unplug electronic equipment with clocks or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) such
as TVs, VCRs, DVDs, stereos, MP-3 players, cell-phone chargers, and any
power-strips these devices may be plugged into (these items use power through
the plug even when not on or in use).
Do not turn off or unplug refrigerators.
4. Turn off your window A/C unit and the associated fan
5. Turn down your thermostat to 55 degrees Fahrenheit
6. Close and lock all windows and doors
7. Check that no faucets, toilets or showerheads are dripping, and if so, please
submit a FIXit request and the leak will be repaired before your return.
Thanks for helping to reduce GW's energy consumption and greenhouse gas
emissions. Our actions on a day-to-day basis are an important part of
"greening" the University. Enjoy your break!
(NOTE: Bold weighting to the text was added by me.)