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Keep Warm, but Remain Frugal

Yo, Elsa: The cold does bother some of us quite a lot.

So much so that, according to NC State’s facilities operations, low temperatures on Thursday and Friday will cause an unusually high demand for energy to heat campus buildings. The extreme cold temperatures being forecast for Thursday and Friday are well beyond design conditions and will challenge both the university’s and Duke Energy’s power delivery systems.

To help maintain heating capacity on campus and power supply in the region, please limit non-essential campus energy use through the end of the week.

A few tips from operations:

  • Turn off and unplug office equipment, appliances and lab equipment that are not vital or not in use.
  • Ensure all exterior windows and doors are closed.
  • Turn off lights in rooms that are not in use.
  • Shut off space heaters.
  • Close lab fume hood sashes whenever access to the hood interior is not necessary.

These actions will save energy on campus and help maintain reliable heating and power supply during extreme conditions.