Efforts, Recommendations, and Energy Conservation Tips

Water - Efforts, Recommendations, and Energy Conservation Tips

Wake Tech Long-Term Water Efficiency Plan

Wake Technical Community College developed a Long-Term Water Efficiency Plan in 2006 in response to the following concerns, restrictions, directives, and mandates.

  • Governor Easley's August 2002 Executive Order No. 26, Water System Protection, directed all State agencies to discontinue "non-essential" water use until further notice and to develop and implement long term financially feasible conservation measures.
  • The NC General Assembly October 2002 House Bill 1215 mandated that all State agencies reduce water consumption.

Wake Technical Community College recognizes utility conservation, water conservation, water quality management, resource management, and sustainability efforts as the responsibility of the entire Wake Tech Community College including faculty, staff, and students. On behalf of the Wake Tech, operations shall continue to initiate, evaluate, and implement water conservation measures as appropriate to support the mission of the College.

Energy Conservation Tips

  • Turn off lights in offices when not in use.
  • Use florescent task lighting for office work and turn off general lighting.
  • Have incandescent light bulbs replaced with energy saving florescent bulbs.
  • Consolidate or eliminate departmental refrigerator use.
  • Eliminate space heaters from offices.
  • 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.
  • Use battery operated clocks in offices.
  • Keep windows and doors to outside closed while building is heated and air-conditioned
  • During shaving or brushing your teeth do not leave water running

Support of Energy Conservation Devices on Drink Machines

The Utility Conservation & Awareness Committee supports the use of Energy Star© rated drink machines per the Utility Savings Initiative administered by the State Energy Office.


Myth: Washing your hands with hot water kills germs.

Fact: Your hands could not stand water hot enough to kill all the germs. Cold or hot water is just as effective when using an anti-bacterial soap. Using cold water saves energy.

Myth: Using screensavers not only saves monitor life, but saves energy as well.

Fact: The service life of computer monitors manufactured over the past few years is not effected by the use of screensavers. Most monitors have an energy saving feature which "powers down " the monitor when the computer is inactive after a specified period of time (ie.15 minutes). Those screensavers which periodically access the hard drive to run, actually prevent the monitor from going into the energy saving mode.

Myth : Watts measure the amount of light produced.

Watts measure the energy used; lumens measure the amount of light produced. Some activities, like reading and sewing, require more lumens than more general uses. When you buy CFLs, select those that produce the amount of light (lumens) for the task. That way you pay only for what you need.

Myth : When my appliance is turned off, it's off .

Most devices continue to consume power when they're switched off, sometimes as much power as when they're on!