Holiday Energy Savings

Since 2005, NC State has safely lowered building temperatures and campus energy use during university holidays, particularly winter holiday when the university is closed for about 10 consecutive days.

During the 2016 Winter Holiday Energy Saving Initiative (December 24 – January 2), building temperature set points were lowered in unoccupied buildings, saving natural gas and electricity and thereby avoiding utility costs. Campus research labs and occupied support spaces are excluded from this program, and a process is in place for the campus community to request an exemption from the program.

What You Can Do

In addition to the temperature setbacks, the campus community can save energy by turning off lights and office/lab equipment, unplugging non-essential electronics, closing lab fume hoods, and shutting exterior windows and doors.

Why This Matters

NC State saved $294,537 in energy costs during the December 2016 – January 2017 winter break [read the complete savings report]. To date the program has saved the taxpayers of North Carolina more than $3.4 million.