Off campus for spring break? Remember to power down

Western Today staff

Those whose offices or computers will be unused for even one day during the upcoming break should take the following actions to reduce phantom energy consumption:

  • Shut your windows.
  • Shut curtains/lower your blinds for extra insulation.
  • Turn off and unplug your computer and your separate monitor.
  • Shut off power strips.
  • Unplug all appliances not plugged into power strips, including speakers, printers, copiers, fax machines, coffee makers, microwave and toaster ovens, water coolers, etc.
  • Leave refrigerators plugged in, or defrost and clean before unplugging.
  • Shut fume hood sashes (in lab buildings).
  • Leave your thermostat at its normal setting. Building thermostats and radiators are monitored by the FM Energy Management Center, no localized adjustments are needed. Thermostat guidelines from WWU.
  • Tightly turn off faucets and report any leaks to work control (360) 650-3420.
  • Water your plants.
  • Turn off your lights.

What else can you do?

  • Remind students and colleagues to power down before leaving campus.
  • Turn off lights and shut windows in unoccupied rooms.