Power Down Over Thanksgiving Break

Power Down Over Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Powering down – turning off all electronic devices in the office – over the upcoming Thanksgiving break is an effective and painless way to save energy, reducing UNH’s carbon footprint and energy bills. For many offices, powering down is as simple as switching off a power strip or surge protector. Other ways to power down include turning off all printers, photocopiers, and lab equipment; shutting off lights; and ensuring that windows are all closed.

“Many people don’t realize that electronics can draw up to 30 percent of their total energy use when they are turned off but still plugged in,” says UNH Energy Task Force chair Paul Chamberlin, associate vice president for energy and campus development. “Powering down by turning off power strips, lights, or unplugging devices is a great habit for these longer breaks or for every weekend.”

Previous power-down efforts, when combined with student energy savings challenges, have saved the university more than $10,000 of energy costs and reduced emissions by the equivalent of not driving five passenger cars for an entire year.