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Turning down temperatures for the holidays is cool way to save

Office of Sustainability Initiatives | Dec. 18, 2013

Emory’s annual “Holiday Turndown” will continue this holiday season as part of the University-wide effort to reduce energy use by 25 percent per square foot by 2015. 

On Dec. 24-25, Dec. 28-29 and Dec. 31-Jan 1, the temperature in many campus buildings will be programmed and maintained at 55 degrees F. The heat will be turned back up early enough on the day before the work days of Dec. 26, Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 to ensure a comfortable work environment for all building occupants.

Last year, approximately $45,000 was saved during the holiday heating turndown.  Additionally, emissions of 480 tons of carbon dioxide was prevented, which is roughly equivalent to removing the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 91 cars.   

View the list of campus buildings included in the holiday heating turndown, and get answers to frequently asked questions.

Before leaving for the holidays, all building occupants are encouraged to turn off interior lights, and unplug computers and other office equipment. 

Looking for a creative New Year’s resolution?  Take the sustainability pledge to make a personal commitment to living more sustainably in 2014.