Energy conservation a priority during scheduled turbine cleaning

A solar powered sign reminds motorists on Thompson Dr. to conserve energy while UAF relies on more expensive power from GVEA during the routine maintenance of the university's powerplant.

UA on GVEA for power for 30 days

Facilities Services Utilities Division will be shutting down the turbines for cleaning from April 23 through May 23, 2009.

During those 30 days the campus will be relying solely on GVEA for power. Because of the significantly higher cost of this electricity Chancellor Rogers asks the campus community to reduce electrical use in an effort to save money.

In the unexpected event of a GVEA power outage, it will take utilities approximately 7-10 minutes before the large diesel turbine will begin powering up the campus. Campus power will come back on one feeder at a time. It will take several minutes between feeders to come online. The feeders are re-energized according to a priority list.

Please be advised that if there is no power, there will also be no drinking water, no reverse osmosis water and no compressed air.

Energy Saving Actions

  • Turn lights off in conference rooms when not in use.
  • If your office has a light switch, turn the lights out when you leave.
  • Determine if desk lights are necessary and turn them off when not in use. For example, if you plan to work on your computer for the next hour, you may not need your desk light on. Use compact fluorescent bulbs in desk lamps.
  • Turn off lights to rest rooms when not in use.
  • Turn off hot water heaters in office water dispensers during the summer. Use a microwave to heat water and food or drinks.
  • If your computer uses two screens, shut off when not actively using.
  • Set printers and copy machines to enter power save mode quicker.
  • Set computers to power save mode quicker.
  • Manage coffee machines so they do not run for several hours with no use.
  • Turn off side-by printers when not in use.
  •  If you are physically capable, use the stairs instead of elevators.
  •  If you are in an open area office, shut lights off in the areas not occupied. For example, if after 5 p.m. you are the only person left in the open area, illuminate only your portion of the open area.
  •  Turn your computer and monitor off every night and weekend.
  • Shut off shredders, common use printers and copy machines at night and on weekends.
  • For computers with speakers, keep the speakers off until needed and shut off after use.
  • Reduce the number of personal refrigerators and microwaves, share with your colleagues.
  • Make sure all windows are closed properly.
  • Unplug cell phone chargers when not being actively used.

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