Workplace Energy Conservation Tips

There are many ways for you to conserve energy in the work place.

Computers, Lights and Other Office Equipment

  • Customize your computer settings regarding sleep mode and power usage to increase efficiency.
  • Turn off computers, lights, and other equipment when not in use in your individual office- using more efficient power settings can help. Do not turn off computer and electronics in common places and class rooms - these are programmed to turn off automatically after a certain amount of time.
  • Buy ENERGYSTAR qualified computers, printers, fax machines, scanners, refrigerators, and other equipment and appliances.
  • Use and install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when old bulbs burn out in individual desk lamps. Contact fixit ( to have ceiling lights replaced.
  • Unplug electronics and power strips in your individual office when leaving over the weekend or breaks!
  • Buy/request environmentally preferred products through LIS such as recycled paper, Energy Star appliances, and compact fluorescent lightbulbs- your voice and opinion matter!
  • Make double-sided copies and minimize printing when possible.
  • Recycle ink cartridges at designated areas- in the document center (Main, lower level) and Olin. Reusable batteries can be recycles in the reuse center (Valders 374)
  • Before purchasing new office equipment, try emailing LC Facilities and LIS to see if they have what you're looking for in storage! If it's in decent condition, use it! With a simple email you could save your department (or yourself) money, and keep things like this out of the landfill.

Heating or Cooling Season

  • In the winter, keep your heat set to 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your thermostat set to 85 degrees is a waste of energy and money.
  • Turn your heat down when you go to sleep and when leaving your room, most people sleep better cold than hot.
  • Avoid blocking the radiators with desks and furniture.
  • Keep your blinds open during the day to absorb sunlight, and shut the blinds at night to keep the warm air inside.

Waste and Recycling

  • Utilize the correct recycling bins for your empty containers, paper, soda cans. Make noise and request such containers if you're work area doesn't have them already!
  • Participate in events such as "Trash for Treasure" to recycle items (work and home-related) that you might otherwise throw away or not use.
  • Initiate the habit of composting undesired food waste, try keeping such material in a container with a lid.

Personal Habits

  • Walk or bike to class from off-campus instead of driving, helps keep you healthy too!
  • Turn off the water when washing hands.
  • Try bringing left-overs from home to reheat rather than leaving campus for lunch.
  • Bring a steel water bottle, mug, etc. to refill rather than purchasing countless plastic bottled waters.
  • Utilize task/sensor lighting.
  • Become involved in relevant future activities by voicing opinions to the sustainability council

Watt Meter Check Out

Luther has watt meters available to check out to any student, faculty, or staff member that desires to use one. By plugging it into a wall outlet where you have another electronic device plugged in, you can measure the amount of electricity used.

Fill out the form to get your watt meter today.

Watt meters can also be checked out from the Library Circulation Desk for two weeks at a time.