Conservation - YOU Can Make A Difference! Why Should You Conserve? Conservation can be defined many ways: The preservation of resources through efficient and careful use. The intelligent use of natural resources for long-term benefits. The wise use of resources to provide the greatest social and economic value for the present and future. Energy conservation is something we all can participate in, and is an important part of UAH's Energy Management program. Conservation has long been considered the "least-cost" energy strategy. For students, a significant portion of tuition, housing, and meal expenses goes towards supplying the University's energy needs. Faculty and staff are also directly impacted by the University's energy expenses - high energy costs mean fewer dollars available for salaries, research, and equipment. Energy conservation does more than simply save money - it reduces environmental and social costs as well. Energy conservation lessens adverse environmental and social impacts of energy production and consumption. Effects that we can help to reduce through conservation include: air pollution; water pollution; global warming; loss of wilderness areas; dependence on foreign energy resources. Energy conservation extends the lifetime of equipment and significantly reduces maintenance costs. Equipment can operate fewer hours and at less than full capacity. Most building, electrical, and heating/cooling equipment is usually rated to operate for a number of hours in its lifetime. If this equipment can be operated for eight hours a day, it will last three times longer than equipment that is operated for twenty-four hours each day. Send your energy savings ideas or report energy waste issues to the UAH Director of Energy Management and Plant Systems, Vanessa Ennis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.