LiveGreen: Energy curtailment continues

by the Verdis Group | July 27, 2021

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Energy curtailment -- when colleagues and students are asked to help the campus by using less energy on days when the combined heat and humidity put extra stress on campus energy systems - has returned. This week is another hot one, and the medical center has been and will continue to be in and out of curtailment throughout the summer.

By using less energy on curtailment days, we:

  • Ensure continuity of essential systems for critical hospital and research functions;
  • Reduce pollution;
  • Improve the health of the entire community; and
  • Help to save money -- both now (consumption) and for the next 12 months. The next year's electrical rate is based on our maximum usage at any given point in time. This is always important, but especially now, as budgets are tight.

So what simple things can you do to help?

  • Close shades, blinds and curtains whenever possible to reduce solar heat gain;
    • If you are on campus but your neighbors aren't, please help by closing their window coverings and turning off any lights or equipment you can.
  • Lower lighting levels where possible, turn off lights in unoccupied areas and when leaving a room;
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical equipment not in use (computers, coffee makers, printers, chargers, etc.);
  • Shut fume hood sashes when not in use;
  • Open doors manually instead of using the ADA buttons if possible;
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator; and
  • Tell others.

Updated technology has allowed us to control curtailment better. It is possible that spaces will get warmer as the day goes on, but there shouldn't be freezing spaces, as colleagues have requested. For a full explanation, please visit the Energy Curtailment page.

Spaces are not controlled individually; the system cools larger areas. So while the med center has a temperature range to maintain, it's possible your space may not be the exact temperature you want. Only call 2-3347 (Nebraska Medicine) or 9-4050 (UNMC) to report spaces colder than 66 degrees or warmer than 78 degrees.

Patient care and research spaces are not affected by energy curtailment.

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