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Six Strategies for Office Building Energy Savings over Columbus Day Weekend

October 9, 2013

BOMA International Launches “Power Down for Long Weekends” Campaign
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 9, 2013) The importance of smart energy use in commercial buildings cannot be overstated, both in terms of the environment and the bottom line, as using energy responsibly also saves building owners on utility expenses.
In celebration of National Energy Awareness Month, which the U.S. Department of Energy declares each October, and in preparation for the Columbus Day holiday weekend in the United States, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has issued a list of simple ways property professionals can save energy during a long weekend.  As part of its new “Power Down for Long Weekends” campaign, BOMA International asks building managers and owners to implement the strategies listed below before every long weekend to both conserve energy and better manage their assets.
Quick Energy Saving Tips for Long Weekends:
  • Send tenants a reminder to turn off all task lighting and power down electronics when leaving for the long weekend.
  • “Coast” your HVAC system during the last few hours of the day before long weekend, as many tenants leave early in advance of holidays.
  • Set up a “by request only” HVAC supply for the long weekend.
  • Put in place an automatic building “lights out” at 7:00pm with a tenant override mechanism.
  • Turn off hot water heaters or reset hot water thermostats to the lowest possible setting while your building is unoccupied.
  • Make sure your janitorial contractor knows that your office will be closed for the holiday to avoid unnecessary energy use.
About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates.  Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types, including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP.  Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information.  Find BOMA online at
Courtney C. McKay
Manager of Communications & Marketing
BOMA International
(202) 326-6352