Heating Season: Energy Conservation Reminder
As temperatures begin to drop and natural gas prices continue to rise, all members of the University community can do their part to curb energy use in the coming months. Similar to our conservation efforts across campus during the summer that substantially reduce costs and energy use, we hope this winter, with your help, to contain costs and establish the University as a national leader in conservation.
As extra demand is placed on our heating systems this winter, Facilities and Real Estate Services recommends the following easy action steps to be taken on a daily basis:
• General conservation. When not in use, turn off overhead lighting and selective office equipment. Make sure all lights, space heaters, computer monitors and other types of office or lab equipment are turned off when people leave for the day.
• Watch the thermostat. Keeping your thermostat set on 68 degrees will substantially reduce energy costs. According to PGW, every degree that the thermostat is turned down will cut one percent off the energy bill. We have found that especially once people adapt to the change, 68 degrees creates a comfortable working environment. (And before leaving for the day, set your thermostat to 65).
• Use windows and doors wisely. Keep doors and windows closed to prevent the introduction of cold air. Open blinds and shades to take advantage of the sun’s warming during the day, and close before leaving each night.
• Think long term. Notify Facilities Services when any building or large space is unoccupied or out of service. We will turn heat down over breaks and when spaces are not in use to maximize our energy efficiency.
• Report discomfort. Do not assume discomfort 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-calibration.
• Report problems. Notify Facilities Services of excessive drafts around windows or doors because this means heat is likely being lost; repairs will improve office comfort and energy savings.
• Allow heat circulation. Remove or rearrange any items currently blocking fan coils, radiators and air distribution registers.
Elevated energy costs will be difficult for all of us this winter season so we thank you for your attention and cooperation. Please share this communication with your staff and co-workers. For more information or to contact Facilities and Real Estate Services about a problem please call (215) 898-7208.
–Craig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President
–Omar Blaik, Senior Vice President Facilities and Real Estate Services
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 20, January 31, 2006