Energy Conservation Tips

Power down all appliances every night.  Unplug devices to cut the electrical draw, or keep the devices plugged into powerstrips that you turn off each night.  Think about computers, projectors, printers, TVs, coffee makers, microwaves, audio equipment, etc.


Turn lights off when not needed, even for a short period of time.


Teach with one bank of lights when there is sufficient daylight.


Form a student energy patrol to ensure lights are out when rooms are empty (check classrooms, the cafeteria, the auditorium, etc). Have students make signs and door hangers to remind people to turn off the lights, computers, and other devices when they leave a room.

When cleaning, use lights in one area of the building at a time, and make sure that all lights are off on nights and weekends.


Replace incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescents (CFLs). CFLs are available for overhead lights from Custodial Services. For personal lamps, bulbs are the responsibility of the staff member.


Take away unneeded or unused appliances to reduce the demand on our electric system.  Have students conduct a survey of the number of appliances in each classroom and encourage teachers to take away unneeded appliances. Is your refrigerator nearly empty?  Consolidate refrigerators and contact the Energy Trust of Oregon, 1.866.444.8907.  They’ll pick up your unused fridge (over 10 cubic feet) and your school will get $30! Do you have a personal coffee maker or microwave?  Consider sharing or consolidating with neighboring rooms.

Periodically clean light bulbs and fixtures with a dry cloth.  Make sure the lamps are cool before cleaning. Dirt and dust can reduce the amount of output from lamps by as much as 15% a year.

Create a sustainability bulletin board. Include tips for conserving electricity.


Use the school newsletter to generate excitement in the school community surrounding the conservation program.