Winter break energy conservation plan detailed
Mississippi State University will implement its winter break energy plan at the end of the day on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Over the Thanksgiving break, faculty and staff efforts to continue to reduce campus energy consumption were superb. Reductions in energy consumption allow the use of the avoided expenditures for other university requirements.
The upcoming winter break offers an opportunity to save more energy-related costs than Thanksgiving, as the weather is harsher and the university will be closed for a longer period of time. Please join Campus Operations in doing everything you can to reduce energy use in these challenging economic times.
There are several things you can do to help, and your efforts do make a difference.
When you leave work each day, please turn off computers, lights, radios, and any other energy-consuming devices. If you have trouble locating any switches, contact Facilities Management at 325-2005. Remember to check devices and equipment in out-of-the-way places and places for which no one has specifically-assigned individual responsibility, which may include classrooms, restrooms, storage closets, and so on.
For the holiday breaks, building managers and representatives should ensure that all interior and exterior lights are turned off.
The appropriate building representative should address heating and cooling settings for holiday breaks. Some buildings are centrally controlled by Facilities Management, which will implement the appropriate temperature setbacks. For technical reasons, temperature controls in some buildings should not be set back. In the remaining areas, the building representative should set the thermostat to the minimum setting, making sure that the system is not in cooling mode.
Buildings in the different categories are listed below. If you have questions about the temperature setbacks in your building, please contact Facilities Management.
Settings maintained by Facilities Management
No individual actions should be taken in these buildings:
Academic Advising Center, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Allen Hall, Ballew, Band and Choral Hall, Bowen, Hand (except labs), Herzer, Herzer sales store and processing, Briscoe, Bryan, Butler, CAVS, Chapel of Memories, Carpenter except 1st floor), Cooley, Davis Wade Stadium, Dorman, Dudy Noble stadium spaces, Etheredge, Florist, Freeman, Garner, Harned (except labs), George, Hilbun, Howell, Hill Poultry Science, Hunter Henry, Humphrey and Mize, Industrial Ed, ICET, Landscape Architecture, Lee (auditorium and ground floor), Lloyd Ricks Watson, McCarthy, McComas, McArthur, McCain, McCool, Magruder, Memorial, Mitchell Memorial Library, Montgomery, Moore, Music (A, B, and C), Newell-Grissom, Pace, Palmeiro, Patterson, Perry Cafeteria, Sanderson (partial), Seal M Club, Stafford, Shira, Simrall, SIMS/HPCC, Student Union, Swalm, Thompson, and T.K. Martin.
All athletics facility setbacks will be coordinated with Athletics personnel, and Housing personnel will coordinate all student housing setbacks.
Buildings in which thermostats should not be adjusted for holiday breaks
Due to the nature of their systems, adjusting to a lower temperature setting may initiate cooling and therefore no adjustments should be made for the break in these buildings:
Butler-Williams, Carpenter, Clay Lyle, Cobb, Evans, Giles Architecture, Hand (labs), Harned (labs), Herbert, Hill Poultry first floor, Hull, Industrial Ed, Lee, Rice, Scales, Simrall, Walker.
All other buildings
In all other buildings, building representatives should set the thermostat to the minimum setting, making sure that the system is not in cooling mode.
Campus Operations thanks you for your continuing efforts to enhance the university's energy conservation initiative, and wishes you a safe and happy winter break.