Best Practices

Energy Efficient Computing


  • Do not leave your computer running overnight and on weekends
  • Try to plan your computer-related activities so you can do them all at once, keeping the computer off at other times
  • A modest amount of turning on and off will not harm the computer or monitor. The life of a monitor is related to the amount of time it is in use, not the number of on and off cycles
  • The best screen saver is no screen saver at all - turn off your monitor when you are not using it. This option is second best only to turning off your computer all together


  • Review your document on the screen instead of printing a draft. If you must print a draft, use the blank back side of used paper
  • When making copies, use double-sided copying
  • Do not print out copies of email unless necessary
  • Use "paperless" methods of communication such as email, Google Chat, and scan-to-email

Smart Power Strips

We encourage you to reduce the amount of electricity you use in your office or workspace and help the Law School save energy by requesting a motion sensing power strip (MSPS).

The MSPS has 8 outlets. Six of these are controlled by an infrared motion sensor, while two outlets are not controlled (and therefore do not get turned off).

  • While the occupant is working at his or her desk, normal movements keep the “controlled” equipment on
  • When the occupant leaves, the power strip automatically turns off the equipment that is plugged into the “controlled” outlets after a period of inactivity.