Turn it off!!!
Friday, October 26, 20074 Comments
I will be the first one to criticize the cost of tuition and fees. I will also criticize where I believe the university could be easily cutting back to save money. But, there is one step that everyone can take to help with the cost of utilities and help the environment. Just turn off the lights when you are leaving a room. In 2005/2006 the University paid $19.4million for utilities. The cost of utilities grew by more than 30% since 2001/2002.
Another thing I've noticed is that often times I will see the same offices lit up from the outside of buildings. My habit of taking late-night walks the 3 semesters I spent in residence allowed me to see that many times it was the same offices with the lights left on for the entire night. I know that there is a myth that leaving lights on uses less power than turning them off and then back on. Well, this is not the case. To quote one of my favorite shows, mythbusters, that's not the case. The mythbusters experiment showed that the only way leaving a light on will use less power than turning it off is if you are turning the light back on within 20 seconds with a fluorescent bulb. in the case of incandescent, halogen and LED you are looking at a max turn around time of 1.5 seconds. So pretty much no matter what you are going to save money and energy at home and on campus if you just turn the lights off.
Seriously, it's easy, do it.