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In addition to the guidelines on the Energy page, here are additional tips for conserving energy in the Law School residence halls.
When the heat is on, make sure that no books, desks, or beds are blocking airflow from the heating unit; this is one of the biggest reasons that rooms do not heat properly. If rooms should overheat, do NOT leave windows open to let excess air escape- instead contact Facilities immediately.
Residents have control over a thermostat for both heating and cooling, and fan, which controls airflow. Setting thermostats back by even by a couple of degrees when you're out for the day results in significant energy savings (please note that it doesn't take more energy to reheat or re-cool a space that it would to have taken to maintain room temperature). When the heat is on (approximately mid October to mid May), set your thermostat back to 60-65 degrees when out for the day, and to 60 when away for the weekend, or on breaks. When air conditioning is on (approximately mid May to mid October), residents of the HLS Apartments can conserve energy by setting temperatures to between 78-80 when away for the day or weekend. Thermostats in North Hall will automatically scale back settings when unoccupied.
Air conditioning is generally available to North Hall and the HLS apartments between mid May and mid October. However, please note that the availability of air conditioning is contingent upon outside air temperatures. During the spring and fall, when temperatures vary, If rooms or apartments are warmer than outside air, residents are expected to use windows to allow cool air in to their room or apartment.
Contact Facilities Management at (617) 495-5521 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as problems with heating or cooling arise.
The thermostat must be in “auto” to control room temperature; this mode is controlled by the OFF/AUTO button.
Press the up and down arrows to select a desired room temperature, or “set point.” For energy conservation, thermostat ranges are set in support of the HLS Temperature Policy (70°F in winter and 74°F in summer). In addition, a door mounted sensor allows the thermostat to automatically adjust settings when the room is empty. For more information about the HLS Temperature Policy, please visit the Commitments and Policies page.
Press DISPLAY to toggle between the room set point and the actual room temperature.
Adjust fan speed by pressing the FAN button; fans help circulate air.
Press the up and down arrows to select a desired room temperature, or “set point.” For energy conservation, thermostat ranges are set in support of the HLS Temperature Policy (70°F in winter and 74°F in summer). For more information about the HLS Temperature Policy, please visit the Commitments and Policies page.
Fans must be running for room air conditioning to work. To turn air conditioning fan on or off, press and hold the sun/moon button for 3 seconds. There will be a 10-15 second delay before the fan turns on or off.
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