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.

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.