Frequently Asked Questions . . .
Does turning off fluorescent lights throughout the
day shorten the life expectancy of the light
While turning on and off the fluorescent lights
frequently can reduce the lamp's life, leaving the
light on for extended periods of time will shorten
the lamp's life too. The role of thumb
is if you plan to leave the room for more than 5
minutes, it is best to turn off the light to save
energy. Research shows that over the
light's lifetime, the energy savings of turning off
the light far outweighs the cost of replacing the
How can I help to reduce energy
consumption on campus (and in my personal life)?
Winthrop encourages energy efficiency through its
Conservation Plan and Policy.
The policy recommends that all faculty, staff,
and students help reduce energy use by practicing
the following requests:
Turn off all lights when
leaving an empty classroom or office or when natural
daylighting is available and adequate.
Turn off all computers, printers, scanners,
TVs, stereos, bathroom and kitchen fans, etc. when they
are not in use.
Unplug cell phone
chargers when not in use.
Turn off computer screen
savers - they are not required and use about as much
energy as the computer itself.
Consider walking, biking,
roller skating to destinations instead of using a
car or truck.
- Personal heaters and fans
are prohibited by
- Reduce office lamp usage.
Replace light bulbs with CFL bulbs.
Be sure all exterior doors
and windows are closed during he heating and cooling
Move furniture away from
heat source to allow heat to flow into the office
Visit the US
South Carolina Energy
Office or your utility provider's
website for additional resources about methods for
reducing energy consumption.
How can I reduce the amount of paper I
use on campus?
In general, think before you
print. Do not print email unless necessary; print
on both sides of paper; communicate through email
instead of paper memos; use the web page for class
administration purposes; and, have assignments submitted
electronically where possible. Many forms on
campus are now being converted to electronic submission.
How is dining services doing its part to
be more sustainable?
Services is contracted through
ARAMARK. Special emphasis is given to sustainable
Is there a no-idling policy on campus?
Vehicle No Idling
Policy applies to employees and
students using personal or Winthrop University gasoline
or diesel powered passenger vehicles and light trucks
should turn them off if idling more than 30 seconds.
Larger diesel vehicles operating under heavy load should
be allowed to idle for 3 minutes to cool down. Vehicles
should not be left running while unattended. The
operator of the vehicle/equipment should turn off the
unit and remove the keys from the ignition. Visitors to
campus, including buses and contractor/vendor vehicles,
are subject to the same policy as employees and students
and will be asked to comply.