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Sacramento State's Energy Policy

Sacramento State strongly promotes and practices energy conservation whenever practical and feasible.  We attempt to maintain a balance between occupant comfort and energy saving strategies.  Over the years this concept has kept utility costs at a minimum thus, providing the ability to redirect the savings to educational programs.  This Energy Policy explains a number of strategies used to minimize energy consumption.  If you need assistance or information about these strategies please contact Nat Martin at (916) 278-3696 or email him at nmartin@csus.edu.

Energy management results in saving energy and money on utility bills. When money is saved on energy it is redirected to support campus operations. It makes good sense to have our students, faculty, and staff benefit from the savings rather than the utility companies. Some of our energy saving activities includes energy efficiency improvements of equipment and systems, electrical demand management, energy procurement at lower prices, and energy monitoring and trending. Furthermore this page is intended to remind you of some of the specific things that are done to save on utility expenses. Also, it provides information on what you can do to help in these efforts. Following is a description of campus energy conservation practices to help you better understand why certain equipment is controlled the way it is.

Heating and Cooling Systems

Facilities Services takes the following steps to efficiently utilize natural gas and electricity to meet the heating and cooling needs of the campus.

  • Interior building temperatures will be maintained at 68o F in the winter and 78o F in the summer.
  • Domestic hot water temperatures will not be set above 115o F.
  • All air conditioning equipment and fans will be shut off on weekends, holidays, and nightly, wherever appropriate. During working hours, ventilation will be maintained to meet health and safety standards.

Windows and doors should remain closed at all times to prevent loss of conditioned air. It is impossible to maintain controlled conditions if windows are open in offices or classrooms.

Heat generating equipment and large items of furniture, such as bookshelves or cabinets, should not be set in front of thermostats to prevent false temperature readings and cause over-cooling or under-heating.

Portable Heaters and Fans MUST be Authorized

Use of portable electric heaters and fans is not allowed unless authorized by the campus Energy Coordinator. Approval is dependent upon medical need or failure of the building heating and ventilating systems.


The easiest way to save energy is not to use it. So, if your office or classroom does not have a motion sensor, please turn the lights off when leaving the room. If additional task lighting is necessary contact the Campus Energy Coordinator at Ext. 8-3639 for recommended types of energy saving lamps. Save Energy when Possible

Purely decorative lighting, beyond reasonable display lighting is not permitted, inside or outside. An example of the non-permitted types would be torchier lamps, they are considered decorative and a fire hazard because they emit such intense heat. All lights should be turned off whenever daylight is sufficient to meet lighting needs. On hot days, shades or blinds should be partially closed to divert direct solar heat gain.

Other Energy Use

Buy Equipment with Energy Star Logo When purchasing personal computers, monitors, and other electrical equipment look for those with the Energy Star on their label. These items should be turned off whenever they are not in use, particularly at the end of each workday. Unlike the older generation equipment, frequent cycling of modern computers and components does not harm them.

The use of small personal refrigerators, heat plates, and other types of kitchen equipment are not recommended, particularly for department that provide a refrigerator for department personnel. In any case, the most energy efficient equipment available should be considered. If you have any questions please contact Nathaniel C. Martin, Energy Conservation Coordinator, Ext 8-3639.


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