winter break right around the corner, UW – Stevens Point is making arrangements
to conserve energy during the absence of about 3,500 students.
the holiday season all of the residence halls—except the Suites@201, Pray-Sims
and Baldwin Halls—lay empty. Assistant Director for Building Services through
Residential Living and member of the Sustainability Task Force Mike Zsido said
that there are general guidelines each residence hall must go through before
students leave for break.
the halls are set back to 60 degrees, where they’re usually around 68,” Zsido
said. “Also many of the renovated halls have occupancy sensors. The lights turn
off when no one is moving around.”
also mentioned that the three halls that remain open during break have
thermostats that can be controlled by students, meaning that areas where
students are not present will not be consuming energy for heat. Zsido said that
students must also close their drapes before their departure, in order to
prevent a loss of heat that would trip the thermostat.
Residence Hall Director
of Baldwin Adam Neveau had more information about the checkout requirements.
all the halls we ask students to unplug all electronics in their rooms,” Neveau
said. “It’s part of the departure checklist that is posted to residents’ doors
at the end of the semester, like closing the curtains.”
Hall is one of the renovated residence halls, and Neveau says that the windows
in the newer rooms do not leak air as badly as in some of the other halls. He
is also responsible for the final shutdown of the building and shuts off all
the lights when he leaves.
Information Officer Dave Dumke said that the Information Technology Department
has been working hard to reduce year-round energy consumption. The data centers
on campus are virtualizing servers in order to reduce electrical use. This
server consolidation has reduced the number of servers (originally 200) by
about half according to Scott Trzebiatowski, Net 7 infrastructure technical
virtualizing these servers we can have far more storage space with the same
amount of voltage,” Trzebiatowski said. “As far as consumption during winter
break is concerned, we at least try to have the computers go to sleep.”
computers must remain on in order to install software updates, Trzebiatowski
said. Dumke said that when students are absent during break there is an
expected decline in electrical usage.