By Melanie Stewart
Many of you have likely heard of “energy curtailment”, when colleagues and students are asked to help the campus by using less energy on days when the combined heat and humidity put extra stress on campus energy systems. A full explanation of energy curtailment is available below.
By using less energy on these days, we:
We are in curtailment now and will be for the foreseeable future, so what simple things can you do to help?
Updated technology has allowed us to control curtailment better. Many spaces would normally be pre-cooled at night, but won’t be if buildings are largely unoccupied due to COVID-19/people working from home. It is possible that your space will get warmer as the day goes on. For a full explanation, please visit our Energy Curtailment page.
Spaces are not controlled individually, the system cools larger areas. So while the Med Center has a temperature range to maintain, it’s possible your space may not be the exact temperature you want. Only call 2-3347 (Nebraska Medicine) or 9-4050 (UNMC) to report spaces colder than 66 degrees or warmer than 78 degrees.
Are you interested in tracking our curtailment progress? Visit medcenterenergy.com to compare your building’s energy use to a previous day, other buildings, see how much energy we are using in real time, or check out our solar panel output.
Patient care and research spaces are not affected by energy curtailment.