In response to a request from Con-Edison to all New York City consumers, Engineering and Maintenance has asked that we turn off non-critical equipment especially computers and monitors. Switch off as many lights as possible and lower fume hood sashes to one (1) inch. Let's take this opportunity to build long term energy savings for the Medical College and for ourselves at home.
Be sure to review the emergency plans for your work area, identify key personnel to respond during a power outage, and make back up arrangements around vacations.
Prevent Power Outage
Reduce the drain on the power-grid and save your own money by setting your room temperature at work and at home to 78 degrees or higher and using a fan to circulate air. Turn off your air-conditioner when you are not in your apartment or home. It is less expensive to cool down your living space one time and keep it cool when you are there, compared to your air conditioner working all day long to maintain a "comfortable" temperature for empty rooms.
Consolidate refrigeration: If your work area has several refrigerator units, consider combining storage during peak demand. You can then power down or raise the temperature on empty units. Consult with lab and/or clinical authorities in your area prior to moving any refrigerated materials.
Be sure to keep some extra cash on hand in the event of loss of power. Credit cards would not be accepted during a black out and ATMs cannot provide cash with no power.
Bring a small flashlight to work and keep one at home. Many rooms at work, including restrooms have no way to allow in ambient light. Even temporary power loss can be frustrating, when interior rooms like break rooms or restrooms become pitch black.
If you need to stock up on candles, try to find eco-friendly candles without paraffin - which is petroleum based. Look for soy, or beeswax and check the wick content. Wicks can contain harmful additives.
Need batteries? If you have not already invested in rechargeable batteries, take the time to do this now. Rechargeable batteries are less expensive, create less waste, and once you switch, you always have them on hand. If you are already using rechargeables, be sure to charge up during evening off-peak times.
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Kristen Adams, Department of Anesthesiology