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Energy Conservation

Conservation – maybe the most overlooked and under-appreciated green strategy

The greenest kilowatt is not from wind or solar; but its the electricity not used. Conservation is the number one way to save energy and reduce carbon footprint.

What we have done

Conservation is not glamorous, and most conservation efforts are invisible. Few ever see the high-efficiency chillers, boilers, pumps, and HVAC systems that have been installed to provide the air conditioning and heating for the campus. This equipment is safely out-of-site in mechanical rooms, underground, on rooftops, or in ceilings. Even in the rare circumstance when such equipment is prominently visible, like the 60-foot tall tank between the Central Plant and Walker Avenue Garage, few know what it is. But even the thermal energy storage unit is cool.

What you can do

Some of the simplest and most cost-effective conservation is accomplished through conscientious behavior. To conserve energy, save money, and reduce UMBC’s carbon footprint, follow these simple guidelines.

These are just some of the things you should be aware of. For a full list of Facilities Management Energy Guidelines click here.

Temperature Control

thermostatThermostats on centrally controlled buildings are set by Facilities Management. In instances where the thermostats are set by the user maintain during occupied periods no more than 70o F in the heating season and no less than 76o F in the cooling season. These settings maintain a balance between occupant comfort and energy conservation.

Windows and exterior doors should remain closed to prevent loss of conditioned air.  It is impossible to maintain controlled conditions if windows are open in offices or classrooms.

Space heaters are not allowed on campus, unless provided by Facilities Management’s HVAC Shop.


Turn off lights when exiting rooms. light switch

Turn off lights whenever daylight provides sufficient lighting.

On hot, sunny days, partially close the shades or blinds to reduce the solar heat gain in the room.

Use task lighting, increasing the light only on the area where you are working.

Other Energy Use

When purchasing computers, monitors, electronic equipment, electrical appliances, etc., look for products with the Energy Star label. Make economic decisions based upon the life-cycle cost of operation, rather than just the initial price.

Set your computer power management so that your computer hibernates and your monitor turns off when unattended for more than 15 minutes.

Enable power management features on copiers and office equipment so that they automatically power down when not in use, particularly on nights and weekends.

To report a room that is too hot or too cold, or to report observations of excessive energy usage, notify Work Control (410-455-2550).