Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Energy

We've created a toolkit to help you to work with the people in your department to conserve energy used by equipment, lights, and heating and cooling systems.

Download the toolkit

Energy Dashboard

Use our Energy Dashboard to keep tabs on how much energy your building is using.

View the dashboard (requires Flash)

Things you can do

✓ Take advantage of natural light when possible instead of using lights, or at least only use as many lights as you need.

✓ If you’re the last to leave a room or classroom — for any time more than 10 seconds — turn off the lights.

Unplug all electronics that are not in use.

✓ Avoid phantom loads. Charging cords for electronics that have a mini transformer on them (like most laptops) use electricity when plugged in, even when they are not connected to their devices. This is known as a phantom load. When you multiply the amount of electricity from devices that are left plugged in like this it can really add up.

Turn off your computer monitor when it’s not used. Some TRU monitors turn off automatically after several minutes of no use, but turning it off before that happens saves energy — and that’s always a good habit. Plus, it only takes one second.

Handicap buttons for building doors — only push them if you need to. Using them unnecessarily let’s more hot air escape outside in the colder months, and air conditioned air in the warmer months — and that means energy is being wasted.

✓ Write an energy-related proposal for our Sustainability Grant Fund. If you are successful, you could access up to $100,000.

✓Lots of these things can also be done at home, so start developing good habits in both places.

✓ Use a smart power bar/surge protector — all you have to do is ask IT Services and they can get you set up.

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