Frequently Asked Energy Questions
One other advantage of Wake Technical Community College using less power during Peak Demand is that this helps Progress Energy keep the cost of what you pay for electricity at home lower.
While Peak Demand periods are important, it is also important to save electricity on a routine basis to help reduce electrical costs. While you may not think your participation in these energy savings activities make a difference, remember that when your efforts are added to the efforts of a hundred other Wake Tech faculty, staff, and students, it adds up to a big difference.
No. It is more cost effective to turn off a fluorescent light when not in use - even for short periods of time. According to the EPA, the advances in lighting technology over the past years have made the energy used to start a fluorescent lamp comparable to 5 seconds or less at normal operation. Consequently, turning the lights off for more than 5 seconds will save more energy than leaving them on.
- Set your computer to save power as instructed.
- Turn off computers daily especially over weekends and vacations.
- Choose replacement equipment that is "Energy Star" rated.
- Turn off lights in offices when not in use.
- Use fluorescent task lighting for office work and turn off general lighting.
- Have incandescent light bulbs replaced with energy saving fluorescent bulbs.
- Consolidate departmental refrigerator use.
- Eliminate space heaters from offices. This is also a safety requirement.
- Eliminate personal energy consuming items such as fish tanks, decorative lighting, etc.
- Maintain room temperature at 78 degrees during the summer months and between 68-70 during the winter -- wear sweaters.