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Energy

Facts

Student Housing practices

  • Energy saving CFL bulb in all task lights
  • Smart thermostats that will reduce energy use when the room is unoccupied
  • Thermostat controls to allow user control in an efficient range
  • Operable windows in the rooms for resident comfort
  • Natural lighting in common areas in the newer buildings
  • Energy efficient lighting to include daylighting and occupancy sensors in common areas
  • Energy Star Rated appliances in the community kitchens
  • Solar PV’s that provide energy to the campus grid on four Student housing buildings
  • Solar thermal systems that use the suns energy to heat water on two Student Housing buildings
  • White roofs to reduce heating and cooling loads

What you can do

  • Prior to moving in the residence halls, coordinate with roommates on what to bring so energy consuming items can be shared such as refrigerators, microwaves, TV’s, etc.
  • Leave the printer at home and use the computer centers for your printing needs
  • Bring Energy Star Rated electronics/appliances that consume less energy
  • Save energy by using power management features on your computer
  • Turn off and unplug your electronics when not in use
  • Use natural light and switch off lights when you leave a room
  • Use task lighting instead of overhead lighting
  • Open a window if the temperature outside is more desirable then the temperature inside and not run the heating/air conditioning at the same time
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible
  • Wash laundry in cold water and do full loads only
  • Using a drying rack or clothes line instead of a dryer whenever possible
  • Submit your tips by emailing sustainablehousing@ucdavis.edu

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