The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for this afternoon through Sunday due to forecasted heat indices expected to reach between 105 and 110 degrees.

Facilities & Services is designating an Energy Alert period for the campus to help conserve energy to the greatest extent possible during this widespread summer heatwave. The peak time for these efforts is between 2 and 6 p.m. daily. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will significantly increase demand on the regional electric grid and Urbana campus utilities resources.

Everyone can help conserve energy by following these simple steps, especially when leaving facilities for the day or weekend:

Turn it off!
If practical, shut off, shut down, sleep mode, or unplug the following:

  • Lights
  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Chargers
  • Appliances
  • Window AC units in unused spaces
  • Other non-essential equipment

Keep it closed!
Closing the following items will help keep temperatures consistent:    

  • Outside windows and doors in air-conditioned areas
  • Window shades to block the sun
  • Fume hood sashes when not in use

Thank you for doing your part to keep campus cool, help protect equipment and systems, and reduce energy consumption. As a participant in the electric market, the university's yearly utility rates include a capacity charge based on usage at the moment of the highest annual system demand load.

For temperature-related questions, please contact the F&S Energy Management Control Center at, 217-244-3783.

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