Reminder: Jefferson Lab’s Energy Conservation Policy

Reminder: Jefferson Lab’s Energy Conservation Policy

Jefferson Lab’s Energy Conservation Policy is designed to help identify the natural resources and utilities used here, and to help determine the safest and most cost-effective ways of using and managing those resources.

In the current budget environment, it is very important that all members of the Jefferson Lab community be aware of and comply with the lab’s “Energy Conservation Policy.” And, it is to the lab’s benefit that, where possible, each of individual actively supports the policy and seeks new ways to reduce consumption of electricity, water and other resources.

One area where compliance lags is in the use of unauthorized electrical devices in personal work areas. The lab’s energy policy prohibits the use of personal electrical appliances in office and work areas. (This doesn’t include authorized appliances in common-use areas like kitchenettes.)  Specifically, the policy states:

“Personal comfort and convenience appliances, including portable heaters, refrigerators, fans, coffee makers, microwave ovens, etc. are prohibited from use by individual building occupants”.

Regarding portable heaters, these devices are prohibited from use except when the installed building heating system cannot maintain the prescribed occupied heating temperature range in a specific area. In these cases, Facilities Management & Logistics (FM&L) will supply temporary, supplemental space heaters that are properly sized, UL rated, equipped with safety shut off and do not exceed 1500 watts. Further, as the winter/heating season approaches, the energy policy also defines both the schedule and space temperature heating range (68°F – 70°F) during normal work periods.

A copy of the Jefferson Lab Energy Conservation Policy is available at:, under the “Energy and Sustainability” tab.

Please advise Jefferson Lab’s Sustainability Manager, Bill Mooney, regarding any special circumstance requests for personal appliance use (e.g., inadequate common refrigerated food storage space). FM&L will evaluate these circumstances on an individual basis and attempt to resolve them.

Finally, please know that there will be inspections of all areas around the lab to determine compliance with the personal appliance use policy. Please remove any personal appliances, or again, contact Mooney to have special circumstances evaluated. He may also be contacted at ext. 5461 or for questions and clarifications.

Your attention to these matters helps Jefferson Lab maintain the safest possible work environments, and helps the lab be a good steward of the environment, natural resources and federal dollars.

Thank you for your cooperation.