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Electricity reduction request may be needed this week due to excessive heat

Case Western Reserve University participates in a voluntary electricity-reduction program to help prevent massive electrical shutdowns, or “blackouts,” across the regional electric grid.

As high temperatures continue this week, participation may be needed.

During an event, Facilities Services requests members of the university community help reduce demand by:

  • Turning off lights or window air conditioners in unoccupied spaces;
  • Turning off desk lamps, or turning on desk lamps and turning off overhead lights;
  • Running laptop computers on battery power, and turning off non-essential technology such as external monitors;
  • Unplugging all chargers that are not in use (for example: cell phones, laptops, iPads, etc.); and
  • Powering down computers, copiers and other electronic devices during lunch, and shutting off power strips.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to unplug all unneeded devices before leaving campus for the long weekend.

If requested, Facilities Services will run select backup generators—located in the Biomedical Research Building, Wolstein Research Building, Peter B. Lewis Building and the Village @ 115—to reduce the load on the grid. Backed up loads (e.g. emergency lights, freezers) may experience an interruption of power for a few seconds as they are transferred to generator power.

No changes will be made to normal ventilation in laboratory buildings.

Please call Customer Service at 216.368.2580 with questions.