Summer hours, ‘Energy Saving Bulldogs’ return May 21

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Summer hours, ‘Energy Saving Bulldogs’ return May 21

The “Energy Saving Bulldogs,” a team of four specially-trained students who visit campus offices and advise employees on ways to save energy, will be canvassing the California State University, Fresno campus this summer, starting Monday, May 21.

Also, starting May 21, Fresno State will observe a summer work schedule of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break, for all offices. The schedule will continue through Aug. 17.

The 7 a.m. starting time and the Energy Saving Bulldogs program were instituted in 2001 and have continued each summer to generate energy and financial savings.

The Energy Saving Bulldogs will work in two shifts from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., said Dick Smith, director of Utility Management. Team members Joshua Almaraz, Callie Burruss, Luis Escobedo III and Brittany Holley will answer questions and offer tips on how to reduce energy use at work and at home.

They will check campus buildings, looking for opportunities to reduce energy consumption, turning off unused lights and encouraging the use of natural daylight where available.

The students will wear special shirts to make them easily identifiable and will have brochures with energy-saving information to share with staff, faculty and students.