Earth Week tips - Energy conservation with Susan SieblerThroughout Earth Week Week 2011, the UNMC LiveGreen team will present tips from employees on how they conserve energy and resources at home and work.
Today, Susan Siebler, business associate in the department of orthopaedic surgery, discusses a tip related to today's theme of energy conservation.
Why are you involved with UNMC LiveGreen?
I truly want to shrink my carbon footprint and conserve energy both at home and the workplace. I challenge my coworkers to take the pledge to LiveGreen.
What are some actions you engage in to conserve energy at home?
At home, we use ceiling fans to help circulate air through the house and modify the directional settings depending on the season. In the summer, we rotate fans counter clockwise to force the air down resulting in a cooling effect. In the winter, we change the direction to rotate clockwise, thus circulating the warm air near the ceiling to the floor without causing the "breezy" feeling.
A few other activities we engage in are cleaning ovens by hand instead of using the self-cleaning cycle and using timers with our outside lighting.
What are some actions you engage in to conserve energy at UNMC?
I turn off the lights and my computer monitor when I'm out of the office or leaving for the day. I try to use the stairs whenever possible, which is great exercise.
Thanks for the helpful hints Susan.