Extreme Heat/Energy Saving Tips

During the summer months, Facilities Management works to reduce energy use while protecting critical equipment and maintaining comfortable temperatures. We ask you to help by conserving energy during periods when temperatures are high.

What We Will Do:

  • Continue to monitor heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems’ performance.

What You Can Do:

  • Make sure windows and exterior doors are closed. Keep window shades down.
  • If you use a window A/C unit, keep the fan at the lowest setting and the thermostat at 78 degrees or above.
  • Turn off lights in all unoccupied areas, such as conference rooms, pantries, bathrooms, and hallways.
  • If you step out of the office, turn off the lights.
  • Turn off appliances, electronics, and any non-essential office equipment.
  • Turn off copiers and printers or keep them in “power save” mode when not in use.
  • Turn off computer monitors when not in use.
  • Refrain from using elevators when possible.
  • Look for every opportunity to reduce your personal electricity usage.
  • Report any service problems to Facilities Management at 212-305-HELP (4357), option 3.

Additional Ways to Stay Cool and Safe During Extreme Temperatures

In addition to saving energy, keep in mind these additional tips from the American Red Cross to stay safe and cool this summer:

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluid. Avoid drinks that may dehydrate you, including alcohol and caffeine.
  • Stay indoors and, if possible, avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who are more likely to be affected by the extreme heat.

For more helpful tips from the American Red Cross, click here.