Snohomish County is working towards a 30% reduction in energy use by the year 2020 - an ambitious goal set in the County's Sustainable Operations Action Plan (SOAP). To help the effort, the county has launched Power Down Friday as a reminder for staff and partners to turn it off, unplug it, or hit the power strip button before the end of each Friday for appliances that don't need to be on. Powering down at the end of every work day will help even more.
More than half of a building's energy use can be directly attributed to our daily choices with turning off lights and unplugging appliances. It's those seemingly small choices that can add up to a lot of energy savings!
So each Power Down Friday, remember to do these simple things at the end of the day: Hit the Lights. Turn off lights in your work space or conference room. Turn it Off. Appliances (monitors included) should be turned off, unless required to be on. Computers should be logged off or restarted, but left on. Unplug it. Chargers and many small devices still draw electricity when they are off, if left plugged in. If you don't need it, unplug it.
Want to help lead the charge?
For Snohomish County employees
Click here to print a Power Down Friday flyer for your work space (don't post on bare walls) as a reminder to crack down on wasted kilowatt hours. Click here for the Power Down Friday Infographic
Not a Snohomish County employee? Help lead the charge at your home, office, or organization! Click here to print a Power Down Friday flyer for your work space. Click here for the Power Down Friday Infographic
Snohomish County launched Power Down Friday on Friday, October 10th. More than 100 employees took the Power Down Friday pledge, learned more about the effort, visited the LED home-lighting booth, and more than 20 learned how to make a potato-powered light kit at home.