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Cornish Commons is a LEED Gold facility. That means a great deal of attention has been paid to the sustainability features of the building. Some of those features include high efficiency light bulbs, low-flow showers and toilets, occupancy sensors for heating/cooling, and light timers – just to name a few.

However, you can still help reduce our energy use and footprint by following some of the tips below.

Energy Tips

  • Turn off lights in all rooms when they are unoccupied, and keep the lights off when there is sufficient daylight
  • Turn off computers, televisions, and all other electronics when not in use.  Connect them to a power strip in order to turn the off all at once and limit the standby power draw
  • Set computers to sleep when not in use for five minutes
  • Remove lint from clothes dryer before/after each use
  • If possible, monitor energy use to be aware of potential problem areas within your home
  • If you have a programmable thermostat, update the set points with your typical daily schedule so that the heating or air conditioning runs less when you are away.
  • If you replace light bulbs, choose LED bulbs. LED bulbs are now inexpensive, last 30x longer and use 10% of the energy of incandescent bulbs.

Water Tips

  • Immediately alert the property manager of leaks, running toilets, or any other plumbing issues
  • Take shorter showers (5 minutes)
  • Turn off water when shaving and brushing teeth
  • Run only full loads of laundry and dishes, unless there is a setting for small loads

Reducing Waste

  • Recycle – make it easy to sort recyclable materials with separate bins for recyclable items
  • Choose reusable cups, plates, bowls, utensils, bags and water bottles
  • Consider purchasing local, refurbished, and or recycled furniture
  • Reduce paper consumption with double-sided printing, or not printing at all
  • Request a composing bin from Housing & Residence Life if interested

Health Air

  • Purchase live plants to enhance indoor air quality and improve productivity levels
  • Avoid blocking air vents to ensure good air circulation
  • Dispose of garbage and recycling regularly
  • Choose green cleaning products and avoid artificial fragrances

Transportation Tips

  • Walk and bike to reduce vehicle miles traveled and increase personal fitness – remember to wear a helmet when biking!
  • Use public transportation for daily commutes, as available
  • Carpool and rideshare with others

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