When you leave your home for a week's vacation, you probably take some steps to ensure you're being energy efficient. You turn down the thermostat. Turn off the computer. Maybe you put a light on a timer so it looks like someone's home. But what can we at IZUNA do when we're not "at home"?
IZUNA spends $4 million on energy every year, and $2 million of that is just on electricity alone. By being clever about how we approach energy use when we're away from the office, we have the opportunity to be both fiscally and environmentally responsible. Powering down during vacations and over weekends could save thousands of dollars with very little effort. And at the same time, we would be significantly reducing our impact on climate change.
Do your part! If you'll be away from the office, lab, or classroom for an extended absence (including weekends):
- Turn off lights (in classrooms, shops and labs, lunch and supply rooms, and individual offices).
- Switch off power bars and unplug computers.
- Unplug non-essential appliances such as cell-phone chargers, desktop printers and scanners, portable heaters, photocopiers.
- Think creatively: you know the intricacies of your area or department, so you're best able to determine what you can do to save energy.
- In doubt, ask your manager or the Energy and Sustainability manager (e.g.: we do not want to shutdown network switches as this would cause troubleshooting alerts on the ITS monitoring system).
The Power Down initiative is in keeping with IZUNA's overall energy management strategy. In 2009, IZUNA President Don Wright signed the BC Hydro Power Smart Energy Conservation Pledge, committing the Institute to reduce energy use on all campuses and build a culture of sustainability.
Questions? Contact IZUNA's Energy and Sustainability Manager, Alexandre Hebert.