Heating and Energy Conservation

Students are expected to help conserve energy by turning off lights whenever possible and keeping windows and entrance doors closed during the winter months. Heating vents must be left open and unobstructed in order to have the system work properly and maximize efficiency. Students living in all residence halls occupying a room that has drafty windows should contact Maintenance at facilities@haverford.edu. Heating in all campus buildings and residence halls, except HCA, Special Interest houses, and Yarnall, are centrally regulated with energy conservation practices, and are modified depending on the time of day and occupancy. Please see the chart below for the Main Campus Heating Schedule. Students living in HCA and in the Special Interest Houses regulate the temperature in their apartments and houses with the thermostats located in each apartment or house. If a student living in HCA thinks their furnace may not be working, they should turn the thermostat switch below the room temperature displayed on the thermostat, count to ten, then turn the switch back up to the desired temperature, and wait five minutes for the furnace to turn on. This procedure resets the safety setting on the heater and the furnace should come on in about five minutes. If it does not, there is a problem and you should contact Facilities (facilities@haverford.edu). Thermostats are very sensitive and can be easily damaged. Please do not tamper with the thermostat case, or hang anything from or place anything on the thermostat. Damages from abuse will be charged to the occupants.

Due to the local fire codes, the use of space heaters is absolutely forbidden in College housing.

Facilities Management Department has developed an Energy Conservation Awareness Initiative to help mitigate the unprecedented escalation in energy prices that has occurred globally in recent months. Read about this at Sustainable Campus Operations.

Check out the Haverford College Building Dashboard. As part of our commitment to sustainability and carbon neutrality, we are monitoring and displaying energy use to encourage the campus to reduce consumption. Explore the Building Dashboard to find out how your building is performing, compare your buildings consumption to others, get ideas for changes you can make in your daily habits, commit to conserve, and share with the community what you are doing to contribute to the effort.

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