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Energy Conservation During Heat Wave in Texas

Date Published: 
Friday, September 6, 2019

The UNT System has a rich history in being environmentally responsible — from UNT's first research in examining differences in tap water to today's numerous academic programs focused on environmental sustainability to our energy-saving efforts in our eco-friendly, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings on all three UNTS campuses. As conservation leaders at our flagship campus like to say — "We mean green!"

As part of our efforts to uphold this long-standing tradition of conservation, I am sharing a letter from the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott related to our state's power grid and how we can all help ensure that power is not lost during these scorching late summer days. Due to our state’s steadily growing population and a robust economy, electricity usage in Texas is at an all-time high. Our colleagues at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Public Utility Commission (PUC) have reminded us that we are still in a “hot zone” over the next few days, with the strong likelihood of very high temperatures lasting possibly into next week.

During the work week, we can all help sustain our efforts to conserve power through a number of simple actions. This includes:

  • Choosing natural or task-specific lighting, turning off overheard lights in offices or hallways
  • Unplugging any “energy vampires” like coffee makers or cellphone chargers when not in use
  • Deferring printing and copying jobs that can wait to a time outside of afternoon peaks
  • Adjusting your computer’s power management settings to encourage “sleep” when not in use.

A full list of helpful tips for energy conservation, including simple adjustments we can make at home, can be found HERE in the aforementioned letter from Gov. Abbott's office. We appreciate your efforts to uphold our tradition of eco-conservation across UNT World.

Thank you for your continued stewardship of our resources,

Steve Maruszewski
Vice Chancellor, Facilities