Energy Conservation Policy

To promote environmental, financial, and social sustainability, Wesleyan University has adopted an Energy Conservation Policy.  This policy establishes temperature ranges in all campus buildings that conserve energy while promoting comfort.  

Temperature Ranges

Buildings without reheat

Buildings with reheat

All temperatures ± 2°F unless noted

Summer Occupied 75° 74°
Unoccupied 77° 69°
Winter Occupied 68° 70°
Unoccupied 65° (min.) 65° (min.)

Buildings with reheat have systems that cool down incoming air to dehumidify it and then reheat it to the desired temperature.  In these buildings, not reheating air saves energy, so these buildings have cooler summer temperatures than buildings without reheat.  Reheat buildings include 41 Wyllys, Allbritton, Fisk, Olin, Usdan, Fayerweather, and the Science Library.

Night and weekend setbacks will be established for administrative and academic spaces and will be set on a building-by-building basis to accommodate building schedules.  Temperatures will not be adjusted for individuals entering a building during unoccupied hours.

Comfort Suggestions

To maximize your personal comfort and energy efficiency:

  • Do not use a space heater unless it is needed to maintain temperatures within the ranges above.
  • Wear seasonally appropriate clothing and dress in layers.  Shorts will be permitted in the summer.
  • Keep furniture at least 6 inches from all thermostats and vents.  
  • Move computers, lamps, and other heat-generating equipment away from the thermostat.
  • Adjust blinds based on season and time of day.
  • Close windows and exterior and vestibule doors if heat or air conditioning is on.
  • Put down storm windows during the winter (if applicable).
  • Use table or floor fans for additional cooling.
  • Swap workspaces with a coworker.

Questions? Contact Mike Conte.