Winter Break Energy Conservation

Simple actions like turning off and unplugging electronic equipment save thousands of dollars each year...

Cornell is continuing its commitment to the environment by aggressively pursuing energy conservation measures whenever possible. Energy-conserving decisions and behavior are key elements of the Cornell Climate Action Plan, including temperature setbacks, shutting off lights in unoccupied buildings and turning off office equipment that is not being used.

The Winter Break temperature setbacks will take effect Dec. 24 - Jan. 2 throughout the campus buildings. In student areas such as classrooms, dorms, athletic facilities and dining areas that are closed through break.

We are asking for help from you, the campus community, in conserving energy and water during the Winter Break. It is the responsibility of each building occupant to do the following before leaving for the holiday break:

• Close laboratory fume hoods and shut down non-essential lab equipment
• Close windows and shut internal and external doors.
• Turn off all lights in your office or any shared area (such as conference rooms, kitchen/break rooms, restrooms and classrooms). • Shut down office equipment and unplug power cords from the outlets (such as those belonging to computers, fax machines, printers and coffee makers.
• Do not use space heaters.
• Report any air or water leaks to the Facilities Customer Service Center (255-5322). Last year, Cornell avoided more than $100,000 in electric energy costs during the winter setbacks.

This year, colleges and units directly benefit from these avoided energy costs. This is your opportunity to lower energy costs for your college or unit. Remember to use the Cornell building dashboard to see your buildings energy usage!