Energy Conservation Policy

Wesleyan's Energy Conservation Policy, established in 2014, sets temperature ranges in all campus buildings to conserve energy while promoting comfort.  

Temperature Ranges

Temperature ranges for the energy conservation policy

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 Boger, Allbritton, Fisk, Olin, Usdan, Fayerweather, and the Science Library.

Night and weekend setbacks for administrative and academic spaces are 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.  A heating mat is more effective at keeping you warm with lower energy usage (up to 95% less energy than a space heater). Learn more about the energy savings of a heating mat.
  • 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.


Mike Conte, Director of Physical Plant Operations