As one of the largest colleges in Canada, Humber makes every effort to employ technology and energy management strategies to reduce the amount of energy we consume. We have set a target to reduce our total energy use by 40% by 2018/2019. Students, faculty, and staff can play a vital role in the success of the college’s energy conservation efforts.
Energy conservancy is about becoming aware of how we consume energy and implementing small changes in our daily routines. Whether at school, work, home or living in Residence, you can take simple steps that will have a big impact.
Easy Tips for Reducing Your Energy Use
Did you know?
- You could save up to $66 a year by installing a programmable thermostat to lower your heat and air conditioning settings while you’re away or sleeping.
- Furnaces serviced by HVAC professionals once a year can improve its efficiency by up to 20%.
- Appliance like dishwashers, laundry machines and refrigerators make up 13% of home energy costs.
- Over 58% of Canadians said they were already trying to reduce their energy usage, and will most likely do more.
- Say Goodbye to Energy Inefficient Appliances. Do you have an old refrigerator, stove or clothes dryer from the dinosaur era? It’s time to give those appliances the boot, and upgrade to newer, ENERGY STAR® qualified machines that will make a serious impact on the energy consumption in your home.
- Small Changes, Big Impact. Are your light fixtures or bulbs at the end of their life? Try upgrading! Changing to LED and/or fluorescent lighting will not only have a longer life span, but they are also more energy efficient!
- Bring out the Old Clothesline. It may seem old fashioned, but hanging your clothing up to dry, instead of throwing them in the dryer is not only environmentally friendly, but it also reduces wrinkles, makes your clothes last longer and will not shrink your favorite sweater! Plus, who doesn’t love the smell of fresh air on their clothing?
- It’s Easy Being Green. Consider planting coniferous trees on the north side of your home to protect from harsh winter winds and deciduous trees to shade the south-facing windows in the summer!
Did you know?
- Nearly 30% of Humber’s electricity bill goes to lighting.
- 70% of our dependence on fossil fuels can be reduced by conserving energy, choosing energy efficient products and increasing renewable energy.
- Shut it Down. Finished with a school computer and looks like no one else will be using it? Turn off both the computer AND monitor. However, if another student is using the computer soon after, simply log off and turn off the monitor. Computers and monitors continuously draw power even when in sleep mode. By turning off these devices completely, you will help reduce Humber’s energy use.
- Don’t Leave the Stairs Lonely. Elevators use a lot of energy to operate and should only be used when absolutely necessary. By taking the stairs instead of the elevator, you will also give yourself a free workout between classes. A ten minute walk up and down the stairs will burn about 102 calories!
- Be a Role Model. Lead by example and encourage your friends and classmates to be energy efficient by sharing our tips with them! Keep a look out for volunteer opportunities at Humber and in your community that are focused on energy conservancy.
Did you know?
- Wasteful or unnecessary energy usage accounts for roughly 30% of all energy consumption in buildings.
- Last year 61% of Canadian businesses reported an increase in energy costs, however only 27% believe they have done all they can to save energy.
- Only 5% of Canadian businesses and organizations, excluding the institutional/public sector, have carried out energy efficiency audits.
- Let Your Office Equipment Sleep Too! At the end of each day, get into the habit of turning off all office equipment, completely. Equipment such as computers, printers and other electronic devices continue to consume energy even when they are in standby mode - these are known as “vampire” loads. Request a durable power bar for your work station so you can easily group electronics and turn them all off at the end of the work day and on again in the morning when you arrive.
- Hibernation Isn’t Only for Grizzly Bears. Take a minute to review your computer settings and enable hibernation mode. To automatically switch to sleep mode:
- PC users - click on the Windows “Start” button (bottom left corner), and click the arrow next to restart to click “Sleep”.
- Mac users - double click your System Preferences icon and select “Energy Saver”. From there, you can adjust the amount of time that can lapse until your desktop and computer go to sleep while inactive.
- Natural Light is Your Best Friend. Many of Humber’s classrooms and offices are located in areas that receive direct sunlight throughout the day. Unless you need the blinds shut to avoid the glare on your computer screen, try opening the blinds during the day and avoid using overhead lighting. The natural light will brighten the entire room, and will help save energy! As an added bonus, keeping the blinds open throughout the day during the winter will add some extra heat to your office.
Did you know?
- An elevator that rises 15 feet, and runs 6 days a week for 14 hours a day, uses around 7,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year…that’s enough power to do 3,750 loads of laundry.
- Opening blinds and curtains in your room is a free way to brighten up the room, and let the sun’s heat in!
- The Power Is at Your Fingertips. Leaving your room? Make sure you turn off the lights on your way out! Most Humber residence common areas have occupancy sensor lighting, but there are still plenty of locations that don’t, So if you see the lights on in a common space and the room is unoccupied, turn it off!
- Chill Out! The best way to reduce your energy usage while living in residence is to maintain your living space temperature at around 20°C. Each resident has temperature control in their bedrooms, so try turning it down a few degrees and wear a cozy sweater instead!
- Close the Windows. Leaving your windows open lets out significant amounts of heat. If you’re in need of some fresh air, have a stroll through the beautiful Humber Arboretum or Colonel Samuel Smith Park.
- Kick Out the Phantoms! No, not ghosts, but something just as scary! If you leave charging cables, computers, speakers and televisions plugged in or turned on when you’re not using them, they still draw electricity, aka phantom loads. Banish your phantoms by unplugging electronic devices every night or when not in use.