As one of the largest electricity consumers in the province, UBC has a significant impact on energy consumption across BC. Help us meet UBC’s ambitious energy conservation and climate action goals by doing your part. 


Help us meet UBC’s ambitious energy conservation and climate action goals by doing your part. Here are three ways to get started today.

  1. Turn off lights, shut down equipment and unplug electronics when not in use
  2. Regulate your temperature with clothing, not by using space heaters and fans
  3. Wash laundry in cold water and take shorter showers


Top Energy Saving Tips

Shut Down and Unplug

Turn off lights when not in use and at the end of the day. Use natural lighting whenever possible. For shared common spaces (ie meeting rooms, communal office areas), determine who is responsible for turning off lights when not in use.

Shut down equipment: Turn off computers, monitors, peripherals and other shared electronic equipment (ie printers, copiers, coffee makers, etc.) at the end of the day and when not in use.

Use a power strip to make it easy and quick to turn off equipment and devices all at once. Place power bars at desk height on workstations and kitchen counters to make it even easier.

Reduce phantom power: Did you know equipment plugged in still uses power even when not in use? Unplug idle electronics to reduce phantom power.

Activate efficiency settings: Ask your colleagues to activate power management settings on shared and personal computers. Help them change the settings if they’re not sure how to do it themselves, or ask your IT contact.

Power Down During Seasonal Breaks

Power down on seasonal breaks: Turn off lights and power down equipment and appliances prior to leaving on seasonal breaks and holidays. View our Seasonal Shutdown guide.

Keep Your Temperature in Check

Avoid using personal space heating and cooling devices: In cold weather, stay cozy by wearing layers and warmer clothes instead of using space heaters, which are huge energy guzzlers. If your building is too hot or cold, before plugging in a heater or fan, contact UBC Building Operations.

Close windows and doors during heating season to avoid energy loss.

Report drafts or air leaks: Check for air leaks or drafts and report any issues to your Facility Manager or UBC Building Operations Service Centre.

Choose Energy Efficient Products

Buy energy efficient products: Make sure new computers, appliances and electronics are energy efficient and ENERGY STAR rated. Use the Sustainable Purchasing Guide to help you and your department purchase more energy efficient appliances and electronic equipment.

Choose the right light: LED bulbs use 75 per cent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last about 25 times longer. If you live or work in a space where you aren't responsible for changing the light bulbs, bring it to the attention of the person who is.

Save Energy in Labs

Green your lab: Lab buildings account for nearly half of the energy used on campus. Find out how you can reduce energy in your lab.


  • Measure your energy use: Kill-a-Watt meters measure the amount of energy being used by electrical devices by simply being plugged in. Sign one out for free at the UBC Library to check your devices.
  • Campus energy visualization map: Check out how much energy your building uses by viewing the interactive campus energy visualization map