Be energy smart during 2012 Thanksgiving break

A message from energy manager Dorothy Sadony:

As you prepare to leave for the Thanksgiving break, please remember this simple but vital concept: If you won’t be using something, make sure it won’t be wasting energy.

Whether you’re faculty, staff, or a student worker at GRCC, you’ll soon leave behind a room full of appliances and electronic devices that suck valuable electricity from the wall as long as they’re plugged in —  even if they’re turned off.

To make sure that we do not waste any energy this weekend, please remember to:

  • shut off all computers and monitors in your classroom when classes are done on Tuesday, November 20.
  • look around the room before closing that door for the long weekend — is there anything still powered “on” that doesn’t need to be?
  • turn off your computer, monitor, speakers, and local printers.
  • unplug chargers for cell phone, camera, and other electronics.
  • unplug any small appliances, if possible.
  • close the curtains and blinds.

After taking those steps, you can enjoy the holiday knowing you did your part to help save energy and the environment.


Energy Program Continues to Yield Savings for GRCC

GRCC’s energy savings have climbed to over $2.5 million after three years with the national Energy Education program. Here are the numbers:

  • Cost without Energy Management (what GRCC would have spent before instituting energy savings practices) $9,469,262
  • Actual Cost with Energy Management $7,732,451
  • Cost Avoidance 18.3%
  • Special savings from rebates through local utilities $915,764
  • Total Savings $2,652,575

This is an energy reduction impact of 126,330 MMBTU or 13,253 equivalent metric tons of CO2

This equates to :

  • 2,379 passenger cars not being driven for one year or
  • 338,993 tree seedlings growing for ten years

If you have a question about the GRCC Energy Program please email

Preparing to Save Energy for the Holiday Weekend

GRCC’s energy manager Dorothy Burns encourages you to remember to do the following before you leave for the Thanksgiving holiday to help conserve energy (and save the college money):

  1. Remember to shut off all computers and monitors in your classrooms when your classes are done on Tuesday November 24th.
  2. When you leave for the holiday weekend, please be sure to:
    1. Turn off your computer, monitor, speakers, and local printers.
    2. Unplug chargers for cell phone, camera and other electronics.
    3. If possible, empty and unplug any departmental refrigerators
  3. Before you close that door for the long weekend, look around; is there anything still powered on that doesn’t need to be?

Help by turning off all unnecessary electrical equipment and be “Raider Green.”

Green Tips to Build on GRCC’s Green Savings

As a result of GRCC’s Energy Management program, from May08 through September ’09 the college has saved a grand total of $861,345 by reducing its energy impact by 48,757 MMBTU (or 4,921 equiv. metric tons of CO2).  That’s like taking 883 cars off the road for a whole year (or growing 125,881 tree seedlings for 10 years).

To continue this good work, the Energy Management department asks that during winter and through the holidays we all consider the following guidelines when decorating our offices (and homes).

  • Purchase energy efficient lights and light bulbs such as LED lights. LED holiday lights use about 99 percent less energy than larger, traditional holiday bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors.
  • Moderation is the key to saving energy while still creating a festive atmosphere. Wait to decorate with lights closer to Christmas break and cut down on the number of strings you use. Plug in your lights two to five hours a day, making sure to turn off your lights whenever you leave your office area, and when you leave for the day.

GRCC Presented With Sustainability Award

At Monday’s Board of Trustees Meeting, GRCC was presented with the Award for Energy Stewardship from Energy Education.  In the past 15 months, the college has saved enough energy to measure the equivalent of planting 108,486 trees.

Energy Conservation Procedures

GRCC understands the effect of energy consumption on both the environment and the budget. With the cost of energy rising and environmental concerns growing, the college developed policy to proactively limit energy consumption whenever possible. This energy conservation policy is a guide to reduce utility energy consumption primarily when buildings are unoccupied and inform students and employees of conservation procedures for thermostats, lighting, computers and other resource-consuming systems.

Employees are encouraged to review this policy to ensure they are familiar with its procedures. The success of this program requires your participation – these simple energy conservation measures have saved the college over a half million dollars in the first year of the program.

To view a copy of the policy, go to the policy section of the S-drive, or visit the Energy Management Program website.   Thank you for your effort as we work together to conserve energy.

GRCC Energy Conservation Program Saves $759k

As a result of its conservation programs, from May 2008 through July 2009 GRCC has experienced a  17.1 percent reduction in energy consumption which has resulted in a total savings of $759,001 for the college.  In addition to reducing overhead costs, that means 4,241 fewer equiv. metric tons of CO2 have been discharged into the environment (which is like taking 761 cars off the road for an entire year).

Employees are asked to help GRCC save energy and money over the upcoming extended holiday weekend by taking a moment to turn off all unnecessary equipment.  Here’s a checklist to think about before leaving the office:

  • Turn off computers, monitors and printers.
  • Turn off lights.
  • Close windows.
  • Turn off radios, coffee machines, and fans.
  • Unplug cell phone, camera and other chargers.
  • Close fume hoods.