TAMIU Reduced Summer Hour Work Schedule Won't Repeat
An energy conservation effort this past summer by Texas A&M International
University to reduce expenses after state budget cuts by observing a four-day
40-hour work week did not yield impressive savings and University officials
have said the schedule will not be utilized this summer.
"Based on the analysis, the savings we realized over the 13-week
period were not impressive and are not grounds for continuing a reduced
summer schedule. The buildings we have constructed are highly energy efficient
and the energy conservation effort only provided $5,653.00 in savings,"
said Jose García, TAMIU vice president for finance and administration.
The analysis was conducted by Energy Systems Laboratory of Texas A&M
University and included an initial study and savings estimate and an after-the-fact
analysis of the summer campus electric profile and the savings impact.
García noted that despite efforts to completely shutdown the
campus on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the University honored commitments
to students and faculty that often only provided a partial campus shutdown.
"While we strategically limited additional use of the buildings,
we have weekend courses, faculty research and student access to our Killam
Library that needed to continue after the scheduled work week change.
In addition, a minimum temperature must be maintained in key areas to
prevent damage to equipment by heat and high humidity levels," he
The partial shut down also translated into additional costs to the University
with reduced operating schedules for the bookstore and food court.
"Our contracts were predicated on a five-day operation and resulted
in a reduction in service hours and income," García explained.
Nevertheless, he said that the energy conservation effort still provided
valuable information for future savings.
"As we bring additional buildings on-line, such as the Lamar Bruni
Vergara Science Center, we will continue to utilize the cost-savings conservation
measures we have in place, including our computerized metering, automatic
light cut-off in vacant rooms and adjusted centralized temperature settings
that are comfortable, but energy efficient," he said.
"We're blessed with superior construction and technology that truly
makes our facilities among the best at using energy wisely and efficiently,"
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