Energy Guidelines

Executive Summary

It is the intent of UA Little Rock to maintain an energy conscious campus environment. UA Little Rock strives to reduce energy costs by reducing consumption and by reducing energy rates whenever possible. To be most effective in our energy conservation efforts we need the assistance of the entire campus community. The following guidelines set forth the policy on energy conservation and should be referenced to provide guidance on reducing energy costs to the campus.

Lights Out

  • Turn off lights in any room when lights are no longer needed. Lighting accounts for 5 percent to 10 percent of total energy use; when multiplied by the number of users, the potential for unnecessary expense is enormous. Make the most of natural daylight and use task rather than general lighting when possible.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (the curly cue ones) in your desk or reading lamps. Incandescent lights (the regular bulbs) are the least efficient and, if used, should be turned off whenever they are not needed.
  • Turn off office and classroom lights when you are the last person out – even if you only plan to be gone for a few minutes. (Turning a light back on does not use more electricity than leaving it on.) Often, we assume that we will be away from the office for only a moment or so, but those moments often stretch to ten minutes or more.
  • If motion sensors are not operating correctly, report the building name and room number to Facilities Management at 569-3390.

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Computers, Copiers, & Printers

  • Turn off your desktop computer and all peripherals at the end of the workday and over weekends, as well as any office copiers and printers. If you must leave your computer on for off-campus access, use the power management built into your operating system to automatically reduce energy use.
  • Turn off the monitor when you leave your desk for a meeting or overnight. Monitors consume a significant portion of the energy used by PCs. Trends toward larger displays, more color and higher resolution has increased the amount of energy required to operate computers.
  • Printers are typically left on for extended periods of time but are active only for a small percentage of that time. This means conventional printers can waste a significant amount of energy. Laser printers consume the most energy. When purchasing, select a printer with power management capabilities.

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Classroom Equipment

  • Please turn off audio-visual equipment in classrooms when not in use.
  • Turn monitors off whenever possible including between classes.
  • Maintaining computers in sleep mode between classes will allow for a quick start-up, which should not take away valuable class time.
  • Keep printers in the power save mode.

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Room Temperatures

UA Little Rock has many different heating and cooling systems, which makes it difficult to give general rules about thermostat use that apply across campus. However, an applicable general rule is that the building temperature should be set to 77 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. Please dress appropriately for seasonal differences. If you believe that your operation cannot function within these parameters or if a thermostat in your area is not working correctly, please call Facilities Management at 569.3390.

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Obstructed Vents

Remove furniture, carpeting, drapes, books, papers, and other items from the areas in front of vents and registers. As much as 25 percent more energy is required to distribute air if your vents are blocked.

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Space Heaters

While it may be cool on winter mornings after an overnight HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) shut back, the use of space heaters is strongly discouraged. Keep in mind that any costs associated with the operation of space heaters will lessen the amount saved through our HVAC shut back policy. So, if you are regularly uncomfortable during the hours when our HVAC systems are recovering, please consider bringing a sweater to work. If you believe that a thermostat in your area is not working correctly, please call Facilities Management at 569.3390.

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Windows & Doors

If you are fortunate enough to have a window, please keep it closed. Do not use windows for temperature control. If the temperature is outside the range listed above under Room Temperatures and you are uncomfortable, please report it to the Facilities Managment at 569.3390.

Exterior doors should not be propped open and should always close and latch behind you.

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Exhaust Fans

Close laboratory fume hood doors whenever the hood is not being used (and when possible, even during use). Turn off small exhaust fans when they are not needed.

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