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Energy Conservation

Temperature Policy:

  • Indoor temperature settings in all spaces during occupied periods will be
    • 68° F during the heating season and 78° F during the cooling season.
    • Spaces such as research facilities requiring critical temperature settings will be more tightly controlled.
  • These temperatures will be set by Facilities Operations & Management (FO&M) in centrally controlled systems. Occupants who control their own thermostats are  required to adhere to these settings.
  • We recognize that temperatures will fluctuate within the building around these set points and every effort will be made to stay within 2° F of this range.
  • Supplemental electric heaters shall only be issued by FO&M when necessary. These devices can be a fire hazard and will be allowed only in controlled  circumstances with the authorization of FO&M.
  • No other use of electric heaters is allowed and unauthorized heaters will be removed.

Occupant Responsibilities

  • Report observations of excessive energy use and concerns to Facilities Operations & Management at 646-2485.
  • Reduce space lighting by using fluorescent desk lamps instead of ceiling lights where possible; turn off all lights when leaving the room; blitz "Dartmouth Conserves" if you notice areas where there is excessive lighting.
  • When not in use computers should be shut down, or set to standby or hibernate mode. External monitors should be shut down when not in use. Consider changing your system backup schedules to run during the day rather than leaving your machine on overnight, and remember to turn off printers, scanners and other peripherals when not in use.(screen savers do not reduce energy use)
  • Appliances and computer peripherals: Work with Procurement Services to purchase Energy Star appliances. Turn off coffee makers, printers, and copiers when leaving at night and for the weekend.
  • If you open a window to get some fresh air or because it is a nice day out, close the window when you leave the space.
  • Laboratory fume heads should be shut down or closed when not in use to minimize exhaust needs.

It does not use more energy to turn equipment on and off.

Additional Things Individuals Can Do

  • Full overhead lighting should only be used if sunlight is insufficient.
  • Individuals adjacent to windows with blinds should open the blinds during the day for extra light unless there is direct sunlight that must be controlled due to glare or excessive solar gain.
  • Unless necessary - take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • If you use either a ceiling fan or a small fan to move air for comfort, do not leave it running when you are away from your desk.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and have additional clothing available in case you are too cold in your space.
  • Minimize water use when showering, shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Consider carpooling, walking, riding a bus or cycling.
  • Make sure storm windows, where present, are closed.


Contact Information

Facilities Operations and Management
HB 6111

Last Updated: 10/8/08