Save at Work/in the Lab


  • Turn off your computer when you leave for the night on all Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • When purchasing any electronic equipment, consider buying ENERGY STAR certified. They are generally 10 – 20% more efficient than their average counterparts.
  • Use the energy power management settings on your computer and monitor so they go into power save mode when not in use, including putting the screen and hard drive to sleep after 10 minutes of inactivity.
  • Use a power strip as a central “turn off” point when you are using equipment to completely disconnect the power supply.
  • Unplug electronics such as cell phones and laptops once they are charged. Adapters plugged into outlets use energy even if they are not charging.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. It’s better for you and the environment.
  • Open doors manually rather than using the handicap push buttons. The Hospital’s doors do actually open if you push/pull them.
  • As much as 75 percent of the electricity used by small appliances is used while they're turned off. It's called a phantom load or vampire electricity. Unplug them or use a power strip to cut power to all equipment once its turned ‘off’.
  • Replace the light bulb in your desk lamp with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb. It will last up to 10 times longer and use about 75 percent less energy.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave, especially at the end of the day.
  • Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you're leaving any room.
  • Utilize natural light when you can and shut off unnecessary lights.
  • Keep air vents clear of paper, files, and office supplies. It takes as much as 25 percent more energy to pump air into the workspace if the vents are blocked.
  • Do not use space heaters. It is, after all, against UNMC policy.


  • Shut your sash when it's not in use and when leaving the lab
  • Keep an 18” sash height while working in a fume hood
  • Use small lamps for specific areas
  • Use standby mode for period of inactivity of 30 minutes or more
  • Turn thermostat down before leaving for the day
  • Maximize use of sunlight
  • Keep lab doors & windows shut to prevent excess ventilation
  • Substitute stairs for the elevator
  • Conserve water when washing equipment
  • Combine items to run fuller loads in automatic glassware washers or autoclave
  • Move items blocking the fume hood sash (ex: gloves, vials, tubes, etc.)
  • Put storage items in cabinets rather than fume hood
  • Turn off lights when leaving
  • Turn off your computer when leaving for the day
  • Defrost freezers annually to eliminate frost buildup
  • Keep a cleared radius of 3” to reduce the heat load
  • Clean refrigerator & freezer coils to maintain efficiency


           Follow the steps below to request an electronic version of your W-2:

    1. Log into Firefly at
    2. Click on the link "Enroll Now" on the home page or click on ESS, then Payment, and select "Enroll for Online W-2 Tax Year 2012"
    3. Click on the button to select the option "Receive W-2 only via online service" NOTE: If you choose the option Receive W-2 only in paper you will NOT have access to the form online at any time
    4. Once you have made your choice, click the box next to Declaration of my W-2 delivery choice
    5. Click on Submit and Save Selection
    6. Once saved, you will see "Your information was successfully created"
    7. You can navigate to another application within Firefly or simply log out
  • Consider storing documents electronically rather than ‘printing for the file’.
  • Make two-sided printing and copying standard practice in your department and set printer default to duplexing mode. Check out the Green IT linkfor other helpful printing tips.
  • Recycle your plastic, paper and aluminum. If you need a recycling container in your workspace, contact EVS.
  • If you must print, print on both sides and use the backside of old documents for faxes, scrap paper or drafts.
  • Avoid color printing and print in draft mode whenever feasible. Check out the Green IT link for other  helpful printing tips.
  • Reduce your impact by replacing disposable products with reusable ones.
  • Stop the flow of junk mail to your home or office by going to one of several websites such as
  • Purchase products that have been made from post-consumer recycled content.
  • When possible, always ask for reusable plates, cups and cutlery in the cafeteria.
  • Rather than buying a new pen every time the ink runs dry, purchase the just the ink cartridge and swap it out with the old.
  • Keep a tray on your desk to collect any single-side printed scrap paper and use it for note paper.
  • Keep a plant on your desk. They not only look nice but act as a natural air filter. Research also shows they significantly reduce the incidence of fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses.
  • When your electronics have reached the end of their useful life, don’t throw them in the trash. Contact General Supply to surplus them and have the recycled for you.
  • Reuse printer cartridges by having them refilled. Some refillers or manufacturers may offer a written guarantee against equipment damage and downtime caused by their products.
  • Recycle those phone books!
  • Use eSHOP and eliminate paper used in purchasing office and lab supplies.


  • Buy a water filter for your kitchen faucet and put to good use yet another way to do away with those plastic water bottles that are clogging landfills and burning up energy in recycling plants. About 1.5 million tons of plastic are used on the bottling of 89 billion liters of drinking water each year.
  • Use a reusable water bottle rather than purchasing bottled water.
  • Use a reusable coffee cup and ask the barista to put your java in it rather than a disposable cup.
  • Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth or lather your hands with soap.
  • Make sure your Facilities Management staff is aware of any faucet leaks.