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High temperatures may lead to electricity reduction request this week

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

The university has been alerted that predicted excessive heat and heavy load conditions this week may require participation.

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.

If requested, Facilities Services will run select backup generators 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.