Campus energy conservation plan to be in effect during break

This is a guest post from Facilities & Campus Services:

In an effort to conserve energy over the winter holiday period, Facilities & Campus Services will carry out the annual temperature setback program for academic and administrative buildings from the evening of Dec. 23 until Jan. 4.

The setback program will maintain building temperatures at no less than 55 degrees (F) during the holiday period. Beginning at 2 a.m. on Jan. 4, heating systems will gradually return the buildings to more comfortable conditions. We intend for all buildings to be at 70 degrees (F) by the time employees arrive at work on Jan. 4. Facilities technicians will arrive early on that date to ensure building heating systems reactivate as scheduled.

A similar program is being conducted in the unoccupied areas of our residence halls. These programs will generate significant cost savings through reduced energy consumption, and have avoided more than $240,000 in energy costs over the last six years.

Staff or faculty who intend to visit or work on campus during the holiday period are advised to wear appropriate clothing and consider bringing a light jacket or sweater to work.

For departments that would like an exemption or have received exemptions in the past, please contact Mike Draughn at and state your exemption needs as soon as possible.

Thank you for supporting this effort to save energy during the holiday period.

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