You Leave for Holiday Break...
these few simple steps before leaving:
• Clean out and unplug the refrigerator.
• Unplug all other electrical appliances.
• Leave heat at normal settings (Physical Plant
will monitor heat settings).
• Close all windows and shades.
• Shut off lights and lock doors.
Whether you’re a student,
a faculty or staff member at Smith, you’ll soon be leaving
behind a room full of appliances and electronic devices that
suck valuable electricity from the wall as long as they’re
plugged in, even if they’re turned off.
So, before you leave your room
or campus office for the upcoming holiday break, take a few
minutes to unplug those energy hogs, such as refrigerators,
televisions, VCR or DVD machines, telephones, computers and
cell phone chargers.
The biggest energy hog by far
in student rooms is the refrigerator, which runs around the
clock burning about 50 watts needlessly. To help save electricity
and money, empty it out, turn it off, unplug it and prop open
Also, the low level of electricity
drawn from plugged in appliances that are turned off, such
as TVs and computers, adds up. Unplugging these items during
the holiday break can save 130,000 kilowatt-hours (enough
to power 1,200 homes) and nearly $11,000.
Moreover, unplugging these devices
will cut down on the college’s energy use, reducing
emissions of carbon dioxide.
Unplug and save, and enjoy the
holidays knowing you did your part to eradicate those energy