Last year Facilities Management piloted new building shutdowns over the Thanksgiving and Winter holidays. The savings realized from these shutdowns encouraged our team to applying them to 3-day weekend holidays, like the Cesar Chavez weekend in March.
First we came up with a list of 50 buildings to include in the shutdown. This shutdown was special because it included our very own Rifle Range (home of the Energy Conservation Office)!
The new schedule took effect when students were out on Spring Break and staff was out for Cesar Chavez weekend. All electric, heating and cooling systems were shut down when the buildings were unoccupied.
With 50 buildings participating, the energy savings totaled 2,893,526 kBtu, which equates to $28,070.
That’s enough energy to drive roundtrip from San Francisco to Cancun 88 times! Or 14,100 Aggies going for a 1-hour bike ride together!
To break it down even further, this effort saved 47,568 kbtus in electric energy, 561,360 kbtus in chilled water energy, and 2,237,029 kbtus in steam energy (resulting in the total 2,893,526 kbtus.)
Want to be a part of the next holiday shutdown?
Our team is diligently working on campus shutdown schedules, but we need your help too! We shut down less than a quarter of the core campus’ total building area this last winter. We also only shut down for a quarter of our administrative holidays.
By requesting for your space to be shut down during times you know you won’t be in (even on the weekends), we can be even more successful. These requests can be made to your building or space manager, or to the Facilities Management Customer Support Center. You can contact the Customer Support Center by phone at (530) 752-1655, or email at email@example.com