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Going Green with NPL

Saving Energy:

Between 5% and 20% of your home electric bill comes from vampire electric use--the energy used by appliances when turned off. Unplug small appliances and chargers when not in use.


Check out the Kill-a-Watt meter from the Multimedia Department to see which of your appliances are using the most energy.


Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (usually spiral-shaped). CFLs typically last 6,000 to 15,000 hours, whereas standard bulbs last 750 or 1,000 hours. They are also more efficient, using between one-seventh to one-third the energy of ordinary bulbs.


Languishing light bulbs waste energy, create heat, and run up utility bills. Turn the lights off when you leave a room, or better yet buy motion detecting light sensors to attach to your lamps. These detectors cost about $20 but, according to the US Department of Energy, will reduce overall energy consumption by 35-45%.

Since the formation of the library's Green Team, we have accomplished a number of goals to make the library a greener, more environmentally friendly place:

  • Enacted an Environmental Policy Statement
  • Started changing our lighting to be more energy efficient
  • Started recycling plastic cases for DVDs, CDs, etc. with Green Disk
  • Staff Terracycling of toothpaste tubes and tape cores
  • Started collecting receipt tape spools for reuse
  • Eliminated the use of disposable cups by staff
  • Replaced styrofoam cups with paper cups for public events
  • Increased the number of recycling bins in the library
  • Hosted a lecture on climate change
  • Hosted a successful craft swap
  • Staffed a table at the Earth Day fair
  • Made beads using old magazines as a kids' craft
  • Gave away reusable lunchbags as Reading Club prizes