2014 Winter Break Power Down

December 2014

It’s that time of year again – time for the annual Winter Break Power Down! As you leave your residence hall or office for some well-deserved time off, take a moment to help the University save some energy and pay it forward to the environment this holiday season.

33,000 Strong for Energy Conservation

The University of Chicago has more than 33,000 faculty, staff, and students – which means tens of thousands of people who can help the University save energy. To date, the Winter Break Power Down has reduced electricity consumption during the month of December an average of 11 percent in Max Palevsky Residential Commons, Stuart Hall, Levi Hall, and Bartlett Dining Commons alone. That translates to 55,000-kilowatt hours (kWh) – or $4,500 – in savings each year.

Nearly every single electrical device continues to draw power as long as it’s plugged in. For example, anything with a remote control draws power while in “standby” mode. Any charger with an adapter also pulls a bit of power regardless of whether it’s attached to a laptop or phone. These small electricity drains may seem inconsequential, but they add up quickly when aggregated across campus.

What to power down and unplug:

• Holiday and other decorative lights
• Computer monitors/speakers
• Laptops, computers, and chargers
• Printers, copiers, scanners, and fax machines
• Office AV equipment
• Phone chargers
• Coffee makers, microwaves, and other kitchen appliances
• Clock radios and alarm clocks
• Televisions, DVD, and CD Players
• Power strips

This is the University's sixth consecutive Winter Break Power Down – thank you to all participants for helping make the University of Chicago a more sustainable place to be! Energy conservation is an important priority for UChicago, and the University won’t meet its full potential for energy savings without your participation.

Please share this information with your colleagues, housemates, classmates and friends. If you have any questions, please contact us.

    Please consult your system Administrator before entirely powering down your computer, as vital software updates and backups may require that your computer remain on, in some capacity. For those managed by IT Services, please set your computer to sleep mode.