The heat is on: 6 ways to reduce its impact on campus

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The heat is on: 6 ways to reduce its impact on campus


With high temperatures expected to be in the 90s for much of the week, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln encourages faculty, staff and students to help reduce the heat wave’s impact within university buildings. Utility plant chillers will be operating near peak electrical demand to meet the institution’s needs this week.

Ways to keep cool – and to keep energy costs down – include:

  • Close window drapes, curtains or blinds, especially when windows are in direct sunlight.

  • Turn off or dim electric lights as much as possible and turn all lights off whenever leaving a room or office.

  • Close your window shades and use electric light when your window is in direct sunlight; when it is not, open the drapes slightly and turn off electric lights.

  • Turn off computer monitors, projectors and computers whenever possible.

  • Minimize ventilation by closing fume hood sashes and turning off any unneeded exhaust fans.

  • Keep outdoor air from entering buildings by closing doors, including vestibules, and keeping all windows closed.

To learn more about how the university keeps its buildings cool during the summer months, click here.

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