Barry’s Ecological Sustainability Team (BEST)
One critical aspect of Barry's Core Commitments is an expectation that all members of the Barry community "recognize the sacredness of Earth." This commitment has re-invigorated a spirit of respect for nature and a desire to reduce human consequences to nature. It has also sparked the development of new and renewed ecological sustainability efforts throughout the University at the President's request.
The purpose of Barry's Ecological Sustainability Team (BEST) is to address environmental issues and to increase sustainability throughout all of the Barry University campuses and facilities through efforts such as recycling, double-sided printed or paperless correspondence, reduced energy consumption, education and awareness of ecological impacts, and promotion of Earth-friendly practices.
News and Upcoming Events
Every April, Barry University joins nations, organizations and individuals around the world to celebrate Earth Day as a means to create awareness and a call to action to live sustainably and protect God’s creation.
For more information on BEST, please contact the Office of Mission Engagement at 305-899-3599 or ME@barry.edu .
Energy Conservation: Updating Appliances
The best way to save money with appliance updates, is to insulate and seal all ducts and air leaks so your money isn't flying out the window. A home can save 20% on its heating and cooling bills by sealing holes. Install a programmable thermostat to turn down the heat while you're asleep or at work.
Cut down on your energy consumption by updating your appliances and utilizing the following tips:
- The most energy efficient appliances are ENERGY STAR appliances.
- Install low flow showerheads. If you do not already have them, low-flow showerheads and faucets can drastically cut your hot water expenses. Savings of 10-16 percent of water heating costs.
- Plug your home's leaks. Install weather-stripping or caulk leaky doors and windows and install gaskets behind outlet covers. Savings up to 10 percent on energy costs.
- Wrap the hot water tank with jacket insulation. This is especially valuable for older water heaters with little internal insulation. Be sure to leave the air intake vent uncovered when insulating a gas water heater. Savings up to 10 percent on water heating costs.
- If your ceiling is uninsulated or scantily insulated, consider increasing your insulation to up to R-38 to reduce heating costs by 5-25 percent.
- Install a programmable thermostat. If you have a heat pump, select a model designed for heat pumps. Set-back thermostats can save up to 15 percent on energy costs.
- Put your computer and monitor to sleep.
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