Friday High Five: Watt’s Up?


Room & Board’s central campus near Minneapolis has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification. Buildings like ours perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide, meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA and use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings. Inspired by this, we asked Vance Olivier, Retail Facilities Manager, for five energy tips from our office that you can use in your home.

  • Choose LED bulbs. We switched to LEDs in our headquarters and our showrooms nationwide. You can even have fun with LED bulbs that change color—or sync with your music—using a smartphone app.
  • Our campus conference rooms use occupancy sensor light switches, which turn on lights when motion is detected and turn off lights when everyone leaves the room. Home-use bonus: the lights will turn on automatically when you enter a room—no more fumbling for the switch when your hands are full.
  • All of the appliances in our building, even our PCs, are ENERGY STAR rated. By choosing ENERGY STAR appliances for your home, you can save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • We replace aging heating and cooling (HVAC) systems with high-efficiency units. When you need a new HVAC system in your home, look for an efficient model and have it sized properly for your home. Some utilities even offer rebate programs or credits when you install a new system.
  • The office HVAC system is designed to run more during office hours, less on the weekends. Programmable thermostats make sense at home, too. Some thermostats, like Nest, even learn your routines and program themselves.

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