As you prepare for the winter holidays, take a few simple steps to be Hopkins Eco-Smart, reduce unnecessary energy consumption, and conserve resources.
Simply turning off equipment does not completely eliminate energy consumption. When still plugged in, devices continue to draw power, known as "phantom" or "vampire" power, even when they are turned off. Unplug desktop and laptop computers, monitors, laptop docks, power strips, cellphone chargers, speakers, printers and copiers, AV equipment, coffee makers, microwaves, toasters, TVs, and more. Check with your IT support regarding shutdown of computers. Be sure to turn off lights, too. , Close windows and blinds to reduce HVAC demand at home and in your workspace as appropriate.