Submitted by Betsy Matthews
Last winter, Facilities Services together with our energy manager, Nathan Holder, worked hard to set back our building temperatures as much as possible during the unoccupied break to save energy, lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce utility costs. Last year’s temperature setbacks helped the College to avoid $5,000 in utility expenses and 38 metric tons in carbon emissions (about 0.2% of Meredith’s annual emissions).
Tis the season to save once again and this year the Energy Team is calling all faculty, staff and students to help our campus reduce energy use over winter break – to be even more environmentally and economically sustainable.
As you say goodbye to your office for winter break, please keep in mind these few energy saving reminders. If we all work together to shut down our campus for the holidays, we can have a big impact!
Facilities Services will be reducing energy usage by adjusting building temperature settings to around 68 degrees from December 17 – January 1 in the following buildings: SMB, Jones Hall, Wainwright Music Bldg, Martin Hall, Brewer (Floors 1-3), Stringfield (Floors 1-3), Vann (Floors 2 & 3), Faircloth (Floors 2 & 3), Heilman (Floors 2 & 3), Poteat (Floors 2 & 3).
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Nathan Holder at email@example.com. We would especially like to know if last year’s winter temperature setbacks affected you or your office in any way or if you have specific temperature concerns for this winter break.
The goal is to avoid $10,000 in utility costs and reduce Meredith’s annual carbon emissions by 1% during winter break – I know we can do it with your help! When we get back in the New Year, the Energy Team will measure our success and let you all know how we did as a campus.
We wish you all a joyful holiday season!
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