Energy Conservation Reminder
With the decreasing
daily temperatures, it's now time to prepare for the coming heating
season by reviewing the University's energy conservation recommendations.
Please follow these specific guidelines to begin conserving on a
daily basis. To those employees who have participated in the past,
we thank you and encourage you to continue your efforts.
- Set thermostats to
the lowest comfortable level while at work and lower further when
leaving. Recommended temperatures are 68 degrees F for occupied
spaces and 65 degrees F for unoccupied. Adjustments can be made
for specific research needs. Selected air handling units will
be shut down when buildings or areas they serve are unoccupied.
We save about 5 percent for each degree the thermostat is lowered.
- Shut off lights,
space heaters, computer monitors and other office or lab equipment
when leaving. Consult your local support provider before shutting
off any computers.
- Keep doors and windows
closed to minimize infiltration of cold air. Open blinds and shades
to take advantage of the sun's warming. Notify Facilities Services
at (215) 898-7208, of excessive drafts around windows or doors.
- Remove items blocking
fan coils, radiators and air distribution registers.
- Notify Facilities
Services at (215) 898-7208 when any building or large space is
unoccupied or out of service.
- Report discomfort;
do not assume it is a result of the energy conservation plan since
it may be caused by a malfunctioning building system that can
be repaired. Some building systems may need re-calibrations.
Facilities Services, in cooperation with the Schools and Centers
and the Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (OEHRS),
is monitoring and repairing air handling units, energy recovery
systems, reheat systems, perimeter radiation, steam converters and
are also working to eliminate campus/building distribution system
steam leaks, un-insulated steam pipes and converters and to verify
steam trap operations. OEHRS will assess the impact of these initiatives
and recommend necessary changes and improvements.
you for supporting the University's energy policies. Through past
conservation efforts, Penn has used a portion of the realized savings
to purchase clean technology wind-generated power. Together, as
one Penn community, we will continue to wisely and successfully
manage our resources.
Blaik, Vice President, Facilities
& Real Estate Services
Hilts, Associate Vice President, Facilities Operations
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 8, October 15, 2002