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Turndown results continue energy savings streak

By Nenad Tadic | Emory Report | Jan. 30, 2013

In keeping with its commitment to reduce energy usage, Emory saved approximately $45,000 in utility costs following the annual holiday building turndown program.

During the turndown, the temperature in over 25 campus buildings was maintained at 50 degrees Fahrenheit from Dec. 22-25 and Dec. 29-Jan 1. By turning the temperature down to this level, Emory was able to reduce energy costs while still protecting building contents.  

The heat was turned up before the workdays of Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 to ensure a comfortable environment for building occupants.  

The holiday turndown, now in its fourth year, is an effort between Campus Services and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives.  

This year's results were consistent with those of previous years, says Emily Cumbie-Drake, sustainability programs coordinator.  

Additionally, emissions of 480 tons of carbon dioxide were prevented, which is equivalent to removing the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 91 cars.  

Emory has made a commitment to reduce energy usage by 25 percent per square foot by 2015 from 2005 levels.  

According to Cumbie-Drake, the holiday turndown is an excellent example of a program with simultaneous energy and cost savings without inconvenience or discomfort of building occupants.  

The Office of Sustainability Initiatives encourages everyone on campus to turn thermostats to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, which minimizes heating without going into cooling mode.