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Turn the lights off whenever you leave a room.

Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which use 66% less energy and last ten times longer.

@Tufts: Tufts has been retrofitting its lighting to be more efficient for decades. Look around for motion sensors and even giant CFLs in the street lights.

Thermostat w/ sign at SoGo

Thermostat at Sophia Gordon Hall


Too hot? Turn down your radiator valve or thermostat. If you continue to have problems with the heat, call Facilities Services at 617-627-3496 (Medford), 617-636-3535 (Boston), or 508-839-7921 (Grafton), or fill out an online service request at

Close your windows. Want fresh air? Open your windows for 10 minutes, then close them. This has the same cooling effect as leaving windows open all day, but doesn’t waste energy.

Too cold? Put on more layers. Be stylish and warm.


Small fridges use up to 4 times as much energy per volume than normal-size fridges. Look for Energy Star fridges, and make sure you read the label to see how efficient the appliance is.

The best alternative to a mini-fridge is to NOT USE one. The common refrigerator or sharing a fridge with your roommate is the way to go.

Remember to clean and unplug refrigerators during vacation breaks.

Tufts Student Resources (TSR) rents an Energy Star MicroFridge Combination Appliance, the only cooking device approved by Tufts to have in dorm rooms. See for more information.


Choose a laptop. Laptops use 80% less energy than desktops. If you must use a desktop, LED monitors use less energy and last longer than LCD monitors.

Choose an energy-efficient computer. EPEAT Gold certified computers meet strict environmentally friendly criteria.

Go to to search for registered brands before you buy your computer.

Energy Star qualified computers use 30-60% less energy than similar products without the label. Visit for more information on certified computers, including how to turn on your computer’s Energy Star settings.

Standby Energy

Electricity is consumed even when appliances are not in use. Standby energy can account for up to 10% of home energy consumed.

Unplug electronics when not in use or plug appliances into a power strip and turn off the strip to prevent consuming energy while on standby.

Smart power strips allow you to easily cut power to multiple electronics that may be sucking power even when not in use, like computers and printers. They can detect when a device is in stand-by mode and stop feeding power to it until it is needed again by monitoring the control outlet. Some smart power strips also have “always-on” plugs for devices that need constant power. Others have motion detectors that will cut power from all outlets after a period of detected inactivity. Use smart power strips to save time and energy daily!