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Energy saving measures urged for heating season

Saving Energy

List of recommendations about Energy Conservation Measures for the Heating Season (Word Document) is available on the Provost's Web site.
Even though early November was unseasonably warm, the winter heating season will soon arrive and bring higher energy bills with it.

To combat high costs, the provost's office is encouraging the university community to implement a series of energy-saving measures.

KU has a contract with Chevron Energy Solutions of Overland Park to implement $18.4 million in such measures. Chevron developed a list of more than 100 steps that can be taken to reduce energy consumption on campus.

The steps are broken down into categories such as recommendations for all users, including working during scheduled building hours when they are heated, dressing in layers and opening blinds for solar heat during the day and closing them at night to prevent thermal heat loss.

Energy-saving recommendations for computer use include turning off a computer if it is inactive for more than 16 minutes, turning a computer off instead of running a screen saver and using only as large of a monitor as needed.

Keeping fume hood sashes closed when not in use and closing hallway doors to help maintain air balance systems is recommended for labs.

Recommendations for lighting include using occupancy sensors, using desk lighting and reducing overhead lighting and turning off lights if going away for more than five minutes.

Several departments have taken measures to improve energy efficiency. Rod Ideker, energy resource manager at Chevron Energy Solutions, said numerous departments around campus are setting building equipment into unoccupied modes as early as possible and on weekends and holidays. The Kansas Union developed a software program tying its reservation system to the heating system to automatically operate meeting rooms in conjunction with reservations. Ideker also highlighted the age-old step of turning off lights when not in use. He touted Robinson Center's efforts to leave off lights at the pool, large gymnasium and racquetball courts until they are needed.

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