Hollins University is observing Spring Recess March 19-23, and to help save energy during the break, Energy Manager Jesse Freedman is encouraging students and faculty to fully power down their living and/or work spaces before leaving campus.
“Everyone did a great job before Winter Break and we had our lowest December/January electricity consumption in nearly a decade,” Freedman noted.
Freedman offers a number of recommendations to the campus community:
- Shut windows (including storm windows) tightly
- Turn thermostats down to 60 degrees
- Close curtains and blinds for extra insulation
- Shut off power strips
- Unplug small appliances (microwaves, coffeemakers, chargers, etc.) not plugged into power strips; leave refrigerators plugged
- Ensure kitchen and bathroom faucets are off
- Water plants
- Turn off all lights
In April, Hollins will join more than 100 colleges and universities across the country in Campus Conservation Nationals 2012, an electricity and water use reduction competition whose goal is to reach one gigawatt-hour of energy savings.