September 17, 2015
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Save money on electricity

  • Reduce hallway lighting (similar to emergency lighting) after 2AM until a reasonable time in various buildings all over campus, including student residences
  • Less electricity would be consumed and would act as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution toward university sustainability


  • Responded on May 11, 2016
  • Facility Services has investigated the installation of motion sensors or electronic timers to control the switching of corridor and stair lights. The cost and the work to install and rewire the lights became very expensive. In the summer of 2016, Facility Services will implement a program to identify corridor and stairwell lighting switches and encourage people to turn the lights off and on as required.

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  • Responded on September 28, 2015
    • McMaster University is committed to energy conservation and already has an energy conservation plan in place
    • Part of this plan is to reduce overall energy consumption by 20% over the next five years (as of Spring 2013)
    • There are several initiatives in place to improve lighting efficiency even further by implementing LED fixtures campus-wide
    • Other plans include the consideration of installing photovoltaic and thermal solar panels and wind turbines to produce clean, renewable energy¬†
    • For more information, click here to read McMaster University's Facility Services Energy Management Plan (2013)

    This idea will be submitted to McMaster University Facility Services for consideration in becoming part of their energy consumption reduction plan. Clean energy and conservation benefits everyone! Thank you for the great idea!

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