Conserve Electricity

  • Remember to turn off lights, computers, monitors and other electrical equipment when you no longer need them.
  • By turning off lights in a typical classroom whenever the room is not in use during a typical school day, electrical consumption can be reduced by as much as 36,000 kWh per year for every 20 classrooms.  This relates to over $2,800 in cost savings per year and approximately 0.8 tonnes of CO2 not entering the atmosphere!
  • In an office or staff room setting, rather than turning on all room lights, consider using a combination of daylight and task/area lighting (using energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs of course).
  • Unplug power adaptors when not in use.  Ever noticed that the power adapter for your laptop, cell phone, smartphone, GameBoy, etc. is warm when plugged in?  A power adapter/charger continues to draw energy even when not plugged in to any device and draws at least 1 watt of electricity all the time.  An easy way to limit standby power loss is to plug all electronics into one or more power bars that can easily be switched off when the electronics are not being used.
  • Turn off your computer's monitor when not in use.  75% of the electricity used by your computer is by the monitor!
  • By activating power management (we use a program called "Deep Freeze") on computers and monitors, which effectively power down the units when not in use, one could conceivably reduce electrical consumption by over 65,000 kWh per year for every 100 units.  This relates to over $5,000 in cost savings per year and approximately 1.4 tonnes of CO2 not entering the atmosphere.
  • Instead of plugging in an electric space heater if the room is a bit cold, wear a sweater!
  • For more tips on how to conserve energy at home, visit the Power Smart for Home page.