The University is committed to reducing energy consumption through active and passive measures: active measures include asking the University's community to close doors, turn off lights and engage in other, general conservation activities, and education (i.e. staff forum, administrative forum, faculty meetings, student interest groups and outreach); passive measures include installing energy-saving devices, designing new infrastructure with a goal of energy conservation, operating existing facilities in the most feasible energy-efficient manner, and developing procurement guidelines that incorporate energy-awareness.
The following rules and regulations must be followed by all Effat constituents at all times:
- Windows and doors of air-conditioned spaces should be kept closed. Imbalances in cooling conditions should be called to the attention of Maintenance and Operation Services – email email@example.com or log through facility help desk.
- Office equipment, lights, and air conditioners should be turned off when not in use.
- Personal computers and printers should be turned off when not in use.
- The Management of Maintenance and Facilities should adhere to established preventive maintenance schedules for all HVAC equipment to ensure efficiency of operation. Concerns about preventive maintenance should be called to the attention of the Director of the Management of Maintenance and Facilities.
- All lighting, except that required for security purposes, will be turned off when buildings and facilities are unoccupied, such as at the end of the work day. The cleaning staff will turn lights back on only in the areas where they are performing cleaning activities and will turn lights off when tasks are completed.
- All central air conditioning equipment, including supply and return air fans, is to be shut off, or, for thermostatically controlled systems, set to activate at 80 degrees, on weekends, holidays and at night, except where doing so would adversely affect instruction, electronic data processing or other critical or 24-hour operations.
- Single-room air conditioning equipment, such as window-mounted air conditioners, should be set to 72°F -75 °F (22 °C -24 °C)and turned off whenever the affected room is not in use.
- Air conditioners in the academic/administrative buildings should be set at 72 °F -75 °F (22 °C – 24 °C).
- Building Automation Schedules will be coordinated with classroom needs, specialized equipment needs, laboratory needs and approved special events, but generally not in response to personal preferences.
- Only energy efficient products should be purchased whenever possible. Energy Star offers more than 40 categories of products that use less energy, save money and are environmentally friendly. Products include: appliances, heating and cooling devices, and office equipment. Recyclable and reusable products should also be purchased when feasible, to reduce disposal costs.
- Equipment supplied by vendors for use on the University campus, such as washers/dryers and vending equipment, should be Energy Star compliant.