Extended Break Checklist

As we all prepare for winter break, please don’t forget to shut down your office. Below is a general list of things you can do to prevent energy and water from being wasted. If there are any major leaks or other issues, contact the Physical Plant ASAP so that they have time to address the problem before break.

Turn Off and Unplug All Electronics and Appliances:

  • Monitors
  • Surge protectors
  • Calculators
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • Desk lamps
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Water coolers
  • Space heaters
  • Baseboard heaters
  • Power strips


  • Close doors, windows, curtains, and blinds
  • If you have thermostat control, turn it down in the winter and up in the summer (Please consult your building manger or the Physical Plant for your building’s specific temperature requirements)
  • Give plants a little water (If gone for a long period of time, centralize office plants in a location with light)
  • Turn off all lights

kitchen and Bathrooms

  • Make sure faucets are turned off completely
  • Make sure the toilets aren’t running
  • Turn off and unplug coffee pots and other kitchen appliances

*Remind co-workers to do the same

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