Facilities Operations

Energy Use Reduction and Tips

Periodically, the campus participates in mandatory energy use reduction directives to help alleviate stress on the local and national electrical grids. 

SUNY New Paltz also participates in a Demand Response Program that is operated by both New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and Central Hudson. This program also allows us to work with stakeholders to save energy on power grids and as an ancillary benefit, we are being sustainable and we get rebates that we can then roll over into other sustainable projects at the University. 

You can also help keep your working spaces cooler by closing blinds and turning off lights, where feasible. We would also ask that you close blinds and turn off lights and computers when you depart for the evening or the weekend.

 Energy Saving Tips 

  • Keep all computer equipment off unless in use – especially at night and on weekends
  • On your computer, enable power management features so your computer monitor and hard drive will go into a lower power (blank screen) “sleep mode” when not actively in use. 
  • When purchasing computers, buy low wattage equipment certified by the EPA’s Energy Star program and be sure to enable power management features when setting up equipment.
  • Turn off unused or unneeded lights
  • Use natural lighting instead of electric lighting whenever possible
  • If you have a desk lamp, make sure it uses a fluorescent or led bulb
  • During the heating season, open blinds, drapes and curtains to let sun in.  If no sun, close them to keep the heat in, especially at night.
  • During the cooling season, close blinds, drapes and curtains to block direct sun.
  • Use hot water sparingly.
  • Keep windows and doors closed in heated and air conditioned areas.
  • Close vestibule doors when propped open
  • Purchase only energy -efficient models of equipment