On Thursday, June 27 from 2-3 p.m., the University of Virginia is participating in UVA Saves Hour, our annual test of a state-wide program to reduce electricity consumption during peak demand periods in summer months. Our goal is to save 5.28 megawatts of electricity during the one hour test, the equivalent of 3,915 American households. If you are on Grounds and able to participate, please switch off or unplug nonessential items around your workplace by 2:00 p.m. and keep them off until 3:00 p.m.
- Turn off lighting and use natural light instead in your personal workspace, as well as conference rooms and other common areas
- Unplug kitchen appliances including microwaves, coffee machines, toasters, etc.
- Unplug things at your desk including chargers, fans, lamps, etc.
- Minimize your computer’s energy in any of the following ways:
- undock your laptop from charging station and turn off monitors
- shut down and catch up on some non-computer work
- shut down and take a Hoos Well fit break with your supervisor’s permission
- If you’ll be away from your office during UVA Saves Hour, remember to power down everything before you leave, including your computer
Please keep in mind that this is a test and it is not to interfere with your work, including patient care and services, research, and education. Talk to your supervisor to determine what is possible in your area.
To learn more about this program, and the importance of reducing our overall energy use, please visit UVA’s Sustainability website and the UVA Saves Hour page at https://sustainability.virginia.edu/topics/civicengagement/saveshour.html