Holiday Building Temperature Set-Back Information- November 25, 2020

Holiday Building Temperature Set-Back Information

As part of our ongoing energy management plan, we will once again be implementing holiday building curtailment.  During the winter break (November 26, 2020 through January 7, 2021); most campus facilities will be used minimally or not at all.  Heating and lighting unoccupied spaces beyond required safety levels, is wasteful.  We intend to minimize such waste by reducing temperatures throughout campus.

The attached table identifies targeted temperature levels for each building over the upcoming break period.  Note that temperature adjustments will be made during the break to reflect when the Campus is closed.  We do not expect many employees to work during this period.  However, if you must come in to your office, please dress accordingly, as heating systems will not be adjusted on an individual basis.  Please refrain from using space heaters, as they are extremely inefficient and greatly increase the risk of fire.

Students, who are required to be on campus over break, as well as those with permission from the Dean of Students office, will be housed according to the Housing Office plan.  Most Student will be housed downtown at the Hampton Inn.  Housing has finalized which residences will be available to other students.  Adjustments will be made to address any COVID-19 issues.  Unoccupied residential housing temperatures will be reduced accordingly.

Setting back temperatures will require the cooperation and attention of the whole campus community to ensure energy savings are achieved and buildings are protected.  Before you leave for the holidays, please make sure your windows are closed and latched, shades pulled, and your computers are turned off.  Please do not power off networked laser printers or lab computers.  ILS will be responsible for powering off these devices.

Facility Services will convert all buildings back to their normal temperatures set-point schedules after the break period.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John Rasmussen at 240-8192 or jrasmus2@bates.edu.  I will be available during the entire break. Thank you for your support and cooperation.