Energy Facts


Computers

Computers and monitors are a source of a great amount of energy use at the University. Using power management settings on both your monitor and computer can save $80 per person per year. To be most energy efficient, your computer should be shut down if not going to be used for more than two hours, and put into standby or hibernate after 30-60 minutes of inactivity.

Peripherals

Aside from large copy machines, peripherals do not tend to use as much energy as computers and monitors. However turning off the desktop printer at the end of the day saves the University $38 a year. Using a power strip or unplugging electronic devices such as battery chargers when not in use prevents energy waste commonly called "phantom power".

Lighting

Many lights on campus are left on all the time. Turning the lights off save money. For example, turning the lights off in Carleton Auditorium for six hours a day saves $ 1,400 over a year. Conservatively, the University of Florida could save $41,000 a year could be saved by ensuring that lights are turned off at night.

Purchasing

Purchasing is a great way to make your office greener. Buy recycled products, goods in bulk, reusable products, and products that have a long lifespan to limit the amount of wastes that get sent to landfills. Products with low levels of toxic substances as well as properly disposing of products that do lessen the chance of exposing the environment to substances toxic to both the natural world and humans. Finally, reducing the amount of supplies bought not only helps the environment by lessening the amount of natural products used in manufacturing and lessening the amount of products that must be thrown away, but also saves money.

Recycling and Resource Use

According to the EPA, 75% of what Americans throw away can be recycled. Recycling reduces the amount of trash going to landfills, saves energy, and saves natural resources such as trees. Recycling centers are available both throughout campus and Gainesville. To find out where you can recycle on campus, check the Sustainable Campus map.

Transportation

There are a wide range of transportation options at UF. Gainesville's RTS is available free of charge for all of UF's faculty and staff with a valid ID. Using public transportation lessens road congestion as well as decreases the amount of car exhaust released into the atmosphere. Bikes are also a good option for transportation both on and off campus. UPD offers bike registration to aid in recovery in case of theft and Student Government has funded free bike repair shops on campus. Carpooling is also an option to get to campus. UF's carpool and GreenRide programs were developed to encourage faculty and staff to carpool to work by offering incentives and by providing carpool rider matching.