Med center will practice energy curtailment in summer heat

As temperatures rise this summer, the med center again will be implementing energy curtailment days to ensure the efficient operation of critical systems.

Energy curtailment is a practice designed to reduce energy consumption during periods when energy systems are under significant strain, such as times of extreme heat or humidity. Patient care and research spaces are not affected by energy curtailment.

During curtailment, the med center community is asked to reduce their energy usage by:

  • Closing shades, blinds and curtains to reduce solar heat gain.
  • Closing neighbors’ window coverings and turning off their lights and equipment if they aren’t on campus.
  • Lowering light levels and turning off lights in unoccupied areas.
  • Turning off and unplugging unused electrical equipment, such as computers, coffee makers, printers and chargers. Equipment is recommended to be charged after 7 p.m.
  • Shutting fume hood sashes when not in use (“Shut the Sash!”).
  • Considering working remotely on curtailment days. Coordinate with the appropriate manager.
  • Opening doors manually instead of using accessibility buttons.
  • Using stairs instead of an elevator if possible.
  • Reminding others to make these changes.

To report spaces colder than 66 degrees or warmer than 78 degrees, call 2-3347 (Nebraska Medicine) or 9-4050 (UNMC).

Taking part in curtailment days is crucial for the med center because it:

  • Ensures continuity of essential hospital and research systems.
  • Reduces pollution by lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Decreases utility costs.
  • Supports the med center’s Net Zero sustainability goals by reducing energy consumption and promoting sustainable practices.

Colleagues also can participate in the UNMC Office of Sustainability’s Energy Conservation EcoChallenge to track conversation efforts and enter for a chance to win a gift card to a local sustainability business.

To learn more about energy curtailment at the med center, visit the LiveGreen guidance web page.

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