Monday, December 10, 2012

Annual Winter Break Energy Conservation Initiative

It is that time of year again, time for Saint Mike's annual Winter Break Energy Conservation Initiative.  YAY! Time to save on unnecessary heating fuel and heating costs (and reduce our CO2 output as well). 

Each year, when the students leave for break and faculty/staff are away from their offices from Christmas to New Year's, the wonderful team in our HVAC department turns the thermostats down in each building and residential area.  Here's what to expect this year:
  • all unoccupied dorms/townhouses will be set at 60 degrees on Friday, December 14th (in the afternoon)
  • Administrative/Academic buildings will be lowered to 60 degrees on the afternoon of December 21st and will be raised back to normal temperatures of 70 degrees on January 2nd
  • Campus residence halls/townhouses will be reset to 70 degrees on January 12th
Tips on how to save on energy costs at your home:
  • turn your thermostat down!  For every degree you lower your thermostat around the clock, you can save 2-3% in energy costs.  If you lower your heat from 72 to 65 for 8 hours a day, you could save as much as 10% on annual heating costs!
  • seal up any drafty doors/windows (for doors you can geet weather-stripping and door sweeps; for windows you could caulk any gaps and cracks around the frames or get one of the kits available in hardware stores)
  • make sure to keep radiators, baseboard heaters and durance duct openings clean and free from objects blocking the heat
  • If you want to go the extra mile, consider getting a home energy audit (you could save up to 30% on your energy bills by working with a Home Performance Energy Star contractor:

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