Hot water turned off – Pázmány University adopted energy-saving measures

Tar Gábor | 2022-10-26
The heating in lecture and dormitory halls can be set to a maximum of 20 degrees, according to energy-saving measures at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. Hot water is also turned off, and autumn, spring breaks will be cancelled.

A comprehensive package of energy-saving measures has been adopted by Pázmány Péter Catholic University. Measures to reduce consumption of natural gas, district heating and electricity by 25 percent have been applied from 14 October. According to the introduced measures

  • maximum 20 degrees can be in the university’s lecture halls and offices, as well as in dormitory living rooms and bathrooms,
  • maximum 18 degrees in corridors and restrooms,
  • in medical rooms, the limit is set at 22 degrees,
  • hot water is turned off,
  • hand dryers are turned off,
  • the use of alternative heaters is banned,
  • non-work equipment cannot be charged from the university mains,
  • only one refrigerator is turned on in kitchens.

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The university will be closed from 19 December to 9 January and

  • the Szentkirályi Street building in Budapest will be closed from 16 October to 15 April,
  • the Sophianum in Budapest (Mikszáth Kálmán tér) and the Iohanneum in Esztergom will be closed from 19 December to 27 February.

Energy-saving measures also cover the structure of the academic year:

  • the examination period will run from 12 to 19 December this year, starting on 9 January and ending on 11 February next year;
  • the autumn break (3-4 November) and spring break will be cancelled.

Other universities also introduced measures to save energy

Not only Pázmány has introduced measures to save energy. The University of Pécs has also announced its savings measures in response to the significant rise in energy prices. According to these, the temperature provided by heating cannot exceed 20 degrees in the university’s lecture, office and dormitory halls, and 18 degrees in the public halls and corridors. The saving measures also modify the structure of the academic year: the autumn break is cancelled.

Corvinus University of Budapest has decided to extend the winter break. As part of energy-saving measures, the building of the university will be closed for three weeks during the winter.

ELTE had already changed the structure of academic year at the beginning of September. The autumn break has been moved to 12-17 December, so the last day of the autumn semester will be the 9th December (10th December for correspondence training).