As College of Charleston faculty and staff prepare to leave for winter break, Facilities Management reminds them to help the College save energy – and money – by completing the following energy shutdown checklist in their classrooms and offices:

  • Turn off lights at the switch (do not rely on sensors).
  • If possible, adjust thermostats to use the least amount of energy practical (50–55° F is a safe range).
  • Make certain all windows are closed.
  • Close blinds and curtains to save energy.
  • Shutdown computers in all classrooms, offices and computer labs (leaving them in sleep mode still consumes energy).
  • Turn off computer monitors.
  • Turn off all other appliances and equipment (non-networked printers, speakers, projectors, electronic white boards, etc.).
  • Unplug mini-refrigerators, but remember to clean them out, leave the door open and let them drain while they defrost to avoid mildew.
  • Unplug “energy vampires” like televisions, coffee pots, digital clocks and cellphone chargers.
  • Turn off the power switches on power strips (this is just as effective as unplugging those multiple devices).