Power Down for Winter Break

Power Down is a collaborative effort of WWU Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability, to coordinate, encourage and implement utility reduction efforts throughout campus. We believe small actions make a difference. 

Power Down for Break Checklist

  • Turn off your computer and your monitor
  • Shut your windows.
  • Shut off power strips
  • Unplug all appliances not plugged into power strips, including speakers, printers, copiers, fax machines, coffee makers, microwave and toaster ovens, water coolers, etc.
    • Leave refrigerators plugged in, or defrost and clean before unplugging.
  • Shut fume hood sashes (in lab buildings)
  • Leave your thermostat at its normal setting. Building thermostats and radiators are monitored by the FM Energy Management Center, no localized adjustments are needed.
  • Tightly turn off faucets and report any leaks or other repairs to work control: fixit@wwu.edu
  • Water your plants
  • Turn off your lights
  • Have a safe and happy break!


What else can you do?

  • Remind students and colleagues to power down before leaving campus
  • Turn off lights and shut windows in unoccupied rooms