Energy Tips

In order to reduce energy consumption on campus by 20% per gross square foot of building space by 2020, changes must be made - both operational and behavioral. Clemson University Facilities has implemented several specific operational changes to reduce our campus energy costs and our carbon footprint.  They include utilizing temperature setbacks, demand management techniques, and retrofitting or upgrading lighting.

But, what can you do?

You can help Clemson University reduce the total energy consumption and minimize the carbon footprint by making these suggested, behavioral changes.

Energy Savings Tips

  • Lighting +

    Lighting accounts for approximately 22% of electricity use at most universities (U.S. Department of Energy). One easy way to save energy is to mind your light usage:

    • Maximize use of natural lighting whenever possible
    • Turn off lights when not needed
    • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs
    • Adopt lighting occupancy sensors
  • Electronic Devices +

    Equipment and other “plug-in” devices consume approximately 17% of the electricity at most universities (U.S. Department of Energy). Here are some ways to stem the loss:

    • Shut down all computer equipment unless in use
    • Enable power-save modes for computers, printers, copiers and other office equipment
    • Use your computer's sleep mode instead of the screen saver function
    • Purchase ENERGY STAR devices
  • Temperature +

    Heating and cooling buildings accounts for almost 40% of the average university’s energy use (U.S. Department of Energy). Here are some tips to keep things comfortable and efficient:

    • Dress appropriately for your environment
    • Keep the thermostat at 69 degrees in winter and 76 degrees in summer
    • Do not use space heaters
    • Keep windows closed in conditioned spaces
  • Awareness +

    Building campus awareness is sometimes overlooked as an effective way to save energy. Here are some ways you can help build awareness:

    • Educate yourself on our current energy usage through this site
    • Join on campus environmental organizations such as SEA, Solid Green, and Eco-Reps
    • Read about Clemson's 2020 and 2030 plans to reduce energy usage
    • Talk about saving energy in your circle of influence - your friends and student organizations

Want more specific and tried-and-true tips on how to impact personal and total energy use on campus?  Join one of the on-campus clubs under 'Awareness'.

For more ways to conserve energy and reduce your carbon footprint, read the Sierra Club's Green Tips.

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