Direct Energy Savings

Conserve Electricity

Please do not wait to start conserving as much energy as you can to reduce your global warming emissions! And please ask your elected representatives to push for strong legislation to move toward overall reduced energy usage and increased alternative energy production. Cornell spent almost $192,000 last year on electricity.  Click here for more information on Cornell's electricity costs.

Standby Power: Reduce "standby power" (the energy used while an appliance is switched off or not performing) at home and at work. The easiest way is to unplug appliances that are not being used. You can also plug your appliances into power surge protector strips (with multiple electrical outlets) and turn the power off at the strip.

Lights Off: Whenever possible, keep lights off during the day. Consider installing a skylight if more light is needed. Encourage family members to get in the habit of turning off lights when they leave a room (taping small reminder notes to light switches can help).

Cool Water: When turning on a water faucet, unless you need warm water choose the coolest water setting.


Heating and Cooling

Natural gas prices spike and fall, 2008 was one of the highest in history.  Cornell spent almost $437,000 on natural gas.  Click here for more information on Cornell's natural gas costs

Close Windows: Make sure your windows are closed if heating or air-conditioning is in use. Close the windows when leaving your dorm room, the heating system may activate while you're out.

Control Blinds:  In winter you can open your curtains or blinds for solar warming during the day and close the blinds for conserving heat at night.

Air Flow: Don't to block airflow around ventilation units, this will cause the unit to use more energy than necessary.


Conserve Water

Freshwater degradation is a looming crisis that we must face head on with strong and effective actions. Please do your part to protect this precious resource and call upon your elected representatives to take action today to protect not just future generations but our own future by adopting sustainable water practices. Only 3% of the earth's water is freshwater - we must protect this critical resource. In addition, water-related energy consumes a large amount of energy. In California, for example, water use consumes 19% of the state's electricity, 30% of it's natural gas, and 88 billion gallons of diesel fuel annually.

Water Consumption: Each time you turn on a water faucet use the lowest pressure necessary. Keep the water turned on only while it is needed. For drinking water, keep a pitcher in your refrigerator so you don't have to let water run to cool.

Showers: Replace existing shower heads with the lowest flow product you can find. Shower heads with a mist setting let you reduce water flow even further. Shower instead of taking a bath. Time your showers - try to keep them to 5 minutes. If taking a bath, limit how high you fill the tub.

Full Loads: Always run full loads of laundry and dishes. Choose the short cycle at low water levels whenever possible. Set the clothing washer at the lowest possible temperature needed and for single rinse only. If you buy a new appliance, switch to a water-conserving model (e.g., front loading washer).

Tap Water: Make the switch back to environmentally-friendly tap water instead of bottled water.