In a staff circular, the chancellor of the institution informed the teachers, researchers, and employees of the University of Debrecen about the possibilities of intervention aimed at reducing energy consumption. The measures are effective from October 1st throughout the academic period until December 9th and do not limit educational or examination activities.
From the first of October, the cost of some energy sources will rise to an unprecedented extent in buildings used by the university. Both the consumption of gas and the use of district heat can be used at many times the price, which will have a significant impact on our everyday life, which is why the institution asks for the cooperation and understanding of university citizens regarding the observance of energy measures.
It is extremely important that we search for rationalization and savings opportunities with all our might, since the size of the cost increase has a decisive influence on the university’s liquidity, while we jointly want to be able to secure the payment of wages month after month. When performing university tasks, we take into account the guidelines of Government Decree 353/2022 (IX.19). Reasonable, cost-saving operation that also changes human usage habits is important in all areas, the information sheet reads.
The University of Debrecen uses temperature reduction and other cost-saving measures until the end of the academic period, December 9, but does not restrict education and examination activities.
Regarding the examination period and its schedule, as well as the start and schedule of the spring semester, the university management will soon take measures to ensure that the 25% gas consumption savings can be achieved, and at the same time, the tasks to be performed can also be completed.
In relation to the use of both central heating and electricity, the information sheet describes a number of intervention options, among other things, it also specifies a minimum temperature of 18 °C, depending on the function, to which patient care, nurseries, kindergartens, and primary schools are the primary exception. , dormitories, and service apartments, where the minimum temperature will be kept at 20-22 °C.
For those working in buildings with reduced temperatures, the university has ordered waist-warming blankets as an occupational safety tool, which will be made available immediately after their arrival (expectedly by mid-October). In addition, we ask that everyone wear clothing suitable for the new situation, commensurate with the reduced heating temperature.