Employee efforts, new technology lead to campus savings during heat waveThe cooperation of employees and enhanced cooling technology on campus allowed the campus to manage lower levels of energy during the recent heat wave than were needed last year.
Power rates are based on the previous year's peak usage. Because UNMC's peak usage was down this year, the campus was able to lower the price UNMC will pay for energy in the next fiscal year, Hansen said.
"This was a pretty drastic situation that called for some unusual actions on the part of our employees," Hansen said. "While we may have to do it again later in the summer should we get hit with similar heat spells, employees should be lauded for their efforts this past week.
"Folks went above and beyond during the heat spell and it helped us out dramatically."
An energy star
Aside from employees who hit lights, lowered blinds and bumped up thermostats, the campus also benefited from the use of efficient cooling systems and technologies such as the new campus energy management system, Hansen said.
UNMC's new energy management system -- which was installed about eight weeks ago -- allows campus officials to better monitor and make decisions in regards to the use of chilled water on campus.