Energy Efficiency at the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board

An informational and awareness website

Doing my part

The school board is working hard to reduce its energy consumption and greenhouse 
gas (GHG) emissions. We ask all students, teachers, and staff to please support this initiative!

Here a few simple examples of what you can do to help at school and at home.  Become an 
energy efficiency ambassador today!

The hardest part is thinking of it - doing it is easy!

Turning off your computer at the end of the day

10 computers that are left in sleep mode at night for a year will waste enough energy to light 4 family homes!

Tip #1: Turn off all components of your workstation (monitor, computer, printer, etc.) at the end of the day.

Tip #2: Computer settings can be changed so that it will go into sleep mode after a specified amount of time.  Go to “properties/screen saver/power options” and choose how long to wait before going into sleep mode.  This change takes 2 or 3 minutes and has immediate savings that continue day after day.

 Tip #3: If you have a CRT monitor (large, older style), it can consume up to  65% of the total energy of your workstation.  You can turn it off when you    leave your desk for more than 15 minutes.

 Please note:  Screen savers do not decrease power consumption.  Their goal
                         is only to protect the monitor and improve its lifespan.

 Tip #4: If you have a flat panel monitor, it already consumes much less    power than a CRT.  Flat panels are much more sensitive to being turned on  and off frequently.  Therefore, a screen saver is sufficient to save energy.   There is no problem with turning off a flat panel at the end of the day    though.