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Sustainable Energy Management Program

UH Hilo is transitioning from the Green Days program to a comprehensive, year-round promotion of conservation and economic use of resources. We will publish suggestions, tips, and recommendations for “green” practices on campus on this page.

What You Can Do for Simple Short-Term Measures for Energy Conservation

Turn off and unplug the following during weekends, vacations, and even at the end of the day to help redirect funding from energy consumption costs to more direct educational endeavors.

  • Printers
  • Copy machines
  • Coffee makers
  • Personal refrigerators
  • Computers (even sleep mode can use a lot of electricity relative to turning the devices off)
  • UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) battery-based power strips powering other devices that are turned off
  • Window air conditioning units

What You Can Do for Long-Term Measures for Energy Conservation

  • Switch to a coffee maker with no heating element (using an insulated carafe).
  • Use an office or department refrigerator instead of an in-office personal refrigerator.
  • Switch to an electronic FAX service rather than using an actual FAX machine.
  • Replace older laptops with newer models; many new laptop charging systems do not become energy vampires when not actively charging.

What is UH Hilo Doing as an Institution?

  • Increasing solar power generation capacity
  • Formation of the UH Hilo Office of Sustainability
  • Switching to “smart sockets” and building sub-metering for better usage data
  • and more!

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Last updated on December 9, 2013.