Sustainability

West Chester University

 

Energy Conservation in Residence Life

WCU has taken steps over the past few years to significantly reduce the use of energy on campus. Working with an energy management company, many alterations have occurred to reduce the amount of electricity, fuels and water that are used across all of our buildings. Some examples of these changes include: changing out toilet fixtures to low flow models, replacing old lighting fixtures with ones that use less electricity, and adjusting heating and cooling systems in order to improve overall efficiency.

While these results have been impressive, each of us also needs to do our part. Here are some suggestions of how you can reduce your energy usage:

Water:

  • Don't leave the water run while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Take shorter showers and turn off the flow while soaping or shampooing.
  • Refrigerate a bottle of drinking water instead of letting a faucet flow until the water is cold enough to drink.
  • Use a dishpan or plug the sink for washing and rinsing dishes. Pre-rinsing dishes prior to loading in a dishwasher is an unnecessary and wasteful use of water.
  • Operate the washing machine and dishwasher only when they are fully loaded.
  • Use the proper water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
  • If possible, skip additional rinse cycles.
  • Only wash full loads of clothes.

Electricity:

  • Turn off all lights when you leave a room, or don't turn lights on if there is sufficient sunlight to accomplish your task
  • Only purchase "Energy Star" logo electronic appliances (TV's, DVD players, computers, microwaves, etc.) as they use 10 to 50 percent less energy than other models
  • If you can do without, don't even purchase or bring unnecessary electrical appliances to campus.
  • Mind the "phantom load" of computers, gaming systems, stereos, TV's, cell phone, camera and iPod chargers that draw electricity even when turned off. Unplug them when not in use, or plug them all into a power strip and unplug the strip when not using them.
  • If you bring a desk lamp with you, make sure it uses a compact fluorescent bulb, as this can save 75 percent of the energy used by a standard incandescent bulb.

Heating and Cooling:

  • In winter, keep all doors and windows closed to reduce the amount of heat that escapes from the building.
  • If the system in your room/apartment is not functioning correctly, please submit a work request so that the problem can be corrected and reduce waste.
  • Understand that the University has policies in place to control these systems and facilities will not always be at what you may deem to be a desirable temperature.

More information about University policies in these areas can be found at the following web sites: