LiveGreen: Curtailment a priority as weather heats up again

by Melianie Stewart, UNMC LiveGreen | August 20, 2013

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While the past month has been unusually cool for the dog days of a Nebraska summer (if Nebraska has "usual" weather), this week is expected to be warmer and more humid.

As a result, employees and students are urged to continue with the energy curtailment efforts that have helped UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center keep stress off the campus cooling system while conserving natural resources and saving money.

To help with this effort, employees can:

  • Close shades, blinds and curtains whenever possible to reduce solar heat gain;
  • Lower lighting levels where possible and turn off lights in unoccupied areas; and
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical equipment not in use (computers, coffee makers, printers, chargers, etc.), especially in offices.

Last year employees who helped with these efforts were rewarded with treats when they were caught in the act.

Rumor has it this will be happening again soon.

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