Institutional Closing

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Seasonal Guidelines

Winter Guidelines

Adjust Office and Building Temperatures to 70 Degrees

  • Buildings that have centralized temperature controls will be set at a temperature of 70 degrees. This includes administrative, academic, and shops.
  • In buildings and rooms with thermostats that are not centrally controlled, individual occupants should manually set the temperature to 70 degrees.
  • Building occupants are encouraged to remove all items that block heating registers, radiators and baseboard radiation strips to allow proper heat distribution and air circulation to each space.
  • The campus community is encouraged to close all exterior windows and doors in order to minimize heat loss from buildings. Doors should not be propped open.
  • Faculty and staff members are requested to make sure that roll-up overhead doors remain closed when not in use.
  • Dress appropriately to the season and keep thermostats set at 70 degrees.
  • During the heating season, open blinds, drapes and curtains to let sun in. If cloudy, close them to keep the heat in especially at night.
  • Use hot water sparingly.

Year Round Guidelines

Windows and Doors:

  • Keep windows and doors closed in heated and air conditioned areas.
  • Close vestibule doors when found propped open.
  • Keep rollup doors in Shops and Shipping / Receiving Area closed unless cooling is not available in the summer time.

Adopt a 10-Minute Lighting Guideline:

  • Building occupants are requested to adopt a 10-Minute Lighting Guideline and turn off lights if you are leaving a room or office for more than 10 minutes.
  • Turn off lights in areas with adequate natural lighting and consider using task lighting instead of overhead lights in areas without natural daylight.
  • Turn off unused or unneeded lights.
  • Use natural lighting instead of electric lighting whenever possible.
  • If you have a desk lamp, make sure it uses a fluorescent bulb.
  • Don t use table lamps unless illumination from the lamps is actually needed.

Use of Office Equipment:

  • Purchase only energy-efficient models meeting ENERGY STAR criteria.
  • The campus community is asked to turn off all equipment, such as computers, monitors, printers, scanners, copiers, and other office/lab equipment, when not in use for extended periods of time.
  • This is especially critical during unoccupied evening, overnight and weekend periods.
  • All faculty, students and staff are requested not to use screensavers on their computers. Instead, all users should set computers to sleep mode.
  • The campus community is encouraged to reduce the number of electrical appliances in use by consolidating where possible (coffee pots, microwaves, refrigerators) and turning them off when not in use.

Copiers & Printers:

  • Purchase only energy-efficient models meeting ENERGY STAR criteria
  • Enable power management features on laser printers and/or turn off laser printers when not actively printing.
  • Think before you print! Print and copy as little as possible, when you must print, do it double-sided.
  • Edit on screen, not on paper
  • Save to disk instead of printing on paper
  • Use e-mail to minimize paper use and don't routinely print e-mails
  • Send and store documents electronically instead of on paper
  • Designate a box for scrap paper and use it for printing all drafts or unofficial documents
  • Circulate documents instead of making an individual copy for everyone
  • Reuse envelopes by placing a new label over the old address

Computers:

  • Purchase only energy-efficient models meeting ENERGY STAR criteria, buying low wattage equipment certified by the EPA's "Energy Star" program and be sure to enable power management features when setting up equipment.
  • Screen savers do not save energy but giving your computer a nap does. Enable power management features so your computer monitor and hard drive will go into a low power (blank screen) "sleep mode" when not actively in use.
  • Keep all computer equipment off unless in use especially at night and on weekends.
  • Turn off your monitor when you go to lunch or to a meeting.

Report Energy Waste:

Please report instances of energy waste, all students, facility, staff and visitors are encouraged to report waste to Michael Ball at (859) 246-6512 ext: 56512 or via email at michael.ball@kctcs.edu.

Use of Space Heaters

Discontinue the Use of Space Heaters

  • The campus community is encouraged to discontinue the use of electric space heaters. Electric heaters are a violation of the State Fire code 6-5.3.1, 6-5.3.2, and 6-5.3.3.

Summer Guidelines

Adjust Office and Building Temperatures to 75 Degrees Fahrenheit

  • During the cooling season close blinds, drapes and curtains to block direct sun.
  • Buildings that have centralized temperature controls will be set at a temperature of 75 degrees; this includes administrative, academic, shops and shipping areas.
  • In buildings and rooms with thermostats that are not centrally controlled, individual occupants should manually set the temperature to 75 degrees.
  • Building occupants are encouraged to remove all items that block cooling and return registers to allow proper cool air distribution to each space.
  • The campus community is encouraged to close all exterior windows and doors in order to minimize the loss of cooled air from buildings. Doors should never be propped open.