The Switch Your Thinking campaign, initiated in fall 2008, calls for the entire UT community to take action to conserve energy. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors are urged to reduce campus energy use by incorporating the following actions into their daily routine:
- Turn off lights when not in the office for more than one hour.
- Turn off computers when not in the office for more than an hour.
- Use a power strip in the office, and turning it off at the end of each day.
- Turn off window AC units at the end of each day.
To date, Switch Your Thinking has helped the Knoxville campus avoid over $1 million in electricity costs, while preventing the environmental impacts associated with producing this power. In January 2011, the Chancellor’s Challenge encouraged the campus community to further reduce its energy use by 10 percent.