The OSU/A&M Board of Regents embraces energy conservation and endorses the concept that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure every reasonable effort is made to conserve energy and natural resources while exercising sound financial management. The importance of adopting an energy management and conservation policy is recognized in order to administer the program. NEO A&M Energy Management is here to ensure all students, faculty, and staff at the college are informed and empowered to conserve as much energy as possible.
To promote campus–wide stewardship of resources by reducing energy consumption while maintaining a productive, educational environment.
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6 Holiday Safety Tips
The holidays are a time to be aware of some dangers that are around us.
- Faulty plugs, lights and over-loaded electrical sockets could cause fires.
- And because LED holiday lights are cool to the touch, replacing your old strings of 7 – watt bulbs with LED lights can decrease the chance of home fires.
- Our holiday tradition – Christmas trees – can be a hazard. The National Fire Prevention Association says Christmas trees were the cause of an estimated average of 300 reported home structure fires.
- An estimated 17,200 home fires started by candles were reported to the public fire departments during 2004. Make sure open flames are not near drapes or flammable materials.
- Home heating is the second highest cause of fires in the home, with chimneys and chimney connects account for the largest share of home heating fire incidents (40 percent). So, it may be a good time to have your chimney cleaned.
- Underwriters Laboratories says consumers can cut their risk of dying in a home fire in half be having a smoke alarm in their homes. So, if you don’t have a smoke alarm … or if you know of someone without a smoke alarm… it would be a good holiday present.
Winter Holiday Time Energy Saving & Safety Tips
Did you know that those large, traditional colored bulbs you unpack year after year could be costing you a bundle? While most C7 OR C9 lights use 5 to 7 watts per bulb, some of the older strings use up to 10 watts per bulb!
Consider buying new miniature lights or LED strings, which use far less energy and last much longer than the larger bulbs.
To avoid accidentally leaving your lights on and running up your electric bill unnecessarily, use an automatic timer, both indoors and out. You’ll remove the burden of turning the lights on and off and avoid leaving them on all night or during the daylight hours. Just make sure that the timer you use is rated to handle the total wattage of your lights.
LED holiday bulbs are now available in many colors. They’re safe to touch and won’t burn your children’s hands! They save up to 80-90 percent of your energy costs, and are long lasting.
Make sure all lights you purchase contain the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label, which means they meet UL safety requirements.
While you’re reading labels, be sure you’re buying the right set for indoor use, outdoor use or both.
Before decorating, check all light sets for frayed wires, damaged sockets, or cracked insulation. If you find defects, replace the entire set.
All outdoor cords, plugs and sockets must be weatherproof. Keep electrical connections off the ground, and make sure wiring is kept clear of drainpipes and railings to prevent any risk of shock.
Don’t overload your electrical circuits.
So, no matter whether you’re in competition to have the best and brightest lightning display on the block, or you’re simply looking for practical gifts to give this holiday season, keep energy efficiency in mind.
It’s a gift you can enjoy all year long!