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Facilities Management and Safety shares winter break energy conservation tips

Energy conservation is important to Ohio University, and we’re continually working to incorporate sustainability into our campus processes, including the design of new buildings, major renovation projects, transportation programs and the maintenance and operation of campus infrastructure.

Facilities Management and Safety encourages members of the campus community to review the following energy conservation tips and to consider taking action before departing their residence halls and offices for the winter break closure. These measures will help Ohio University save energy, reduce environmental impacts and minimize costs. 

  • Turn off and unplug all electrical items, including holiday decorations, fans, coffee pots, TVs, chargers, computers, monitors and printers*
  • Turn off window air-conditioning units
  • Close and lock all windows
  • Clean out and unplug small refrigerators; place a towel or old newspaper under the fridge and prop the door open if you think water leakage may occur due to defrosting
  • If possible, adjust thermostats to lower temperatures, but no lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Turn off lights
  • Close blinds
  • Take home plants or other items that require watering and/or cannot tolerate fluctuating temperatures. 

Please be advised that temperatures in Ohio University buildings may experience fluctuations during the Winter Break due to automated building temperature settings, in particular for these locations:

  • Luchs Hall
  • Tanaka Hall
  • Sowle Hall
  • Carr Hall
  • Washington Hall
  • Jefferson Hall and Jefferson Marketplace
  • Shively Diving
  • The District at Boyd
  • Tupper Hall

If you have questions about energy conservation at OHIO, please contact Facilities Management and Safety at 740-593-2911.

*Please contact the IT Service Desk or your departmental IT technician if you have questions/concerns about powering off computer equipment for an extended period.

December 6, 2022
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