Holiday Building Temperature Set-Back Information

Holiday Building Temperature Set-Back Information

As part of ongoing energy management plans Bates takes advantage of extended Holiday breaks to implement holiday building curtailment. During the winter break; 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.

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 will 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 students 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 us at 786-6449 or facility-work-request@groups.bates.edu. Thank you for your support and cooperation.