Holiday Shutdown

This holiday, participate in the Holiday Shutdown to give your electronics a break
This holiday, participate in the Holiday Shutdown to give your electronics a break. Visit the "Holiday Shutdown" page to learn how you can participate for your chance to win one of three prizes!

Switch it off! Simple actions like turning off and unplugging electronic devices make a big difference. Turn off and unplug your office and home electronics to help save more energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of UVic’s Holiday Closure, when temperatures in major buildings are typically lowered to 16 degrees on campus from December 25th to January 2nd, 2022. 

Campaign update:

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Holiday Shutdown campaign! We had 55 UVic employees participate in the 2021 Holiday Shutdown and together, we were able to save 2569 kwh of energy through this campaign. This is equivalent to the energy needed to make 12,065 12oz cups of coffee! 

Congratulations to HSD Research and Graduate Studies for winning our team prize draws! 


Turning off, unplugging, and powering down electronics are simple actions that help reduce energy consumption, while saving money. 

Whether you're working on campus or at home, before and during the holiday break don’t forget to: 

  • Shut down
    Monitors, lights, and all electronic devices. Leave your computer(s) in sleep mode for security updates.
  • Unplug
    Cell phone chargers, radios, speakers, clocks, printers/copiers, coffee makers, tea kettles, microwaves, mini fridges, and other kitchen appliances. Don’t forget to “unplug” mentally, too!
  • Turn off
    The lights! 
  • Close
    All windows and doors and shut the blinds.
  • Turn down (the heat)
    While major buildings on campus will have their temperatures lowered, some of us may have home offices! If you have a controllable thermostat at home, turn down the heat and  layer up with sweaters, jackets, scarves, and blankets to keep you warm and comfortable. 

How else can I participate? 

  1. Help us keep track of energy savings this year by filling out the Holiday Shutdown Checklist                                                                                                                                              
  2. Let your colleagues know about the Holiday Shutdown and encourage others to turn off their office and home electronics! Discuss any shared equipment that can be turned off or unplugged.                                                                                                                                                 
  3. Identify a champion(s) to do a final review before the holidays and submit the checklist on behalf of your office to to be entered to win one of two team prizes!                                                                                                                                                                            
  4. If you work from home and/or would like to participate as an individual, submit the checklist to to be entered to win a prize.                                                                                                                       
  5. Help promote the Holiday Shutdown – get the poster . 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I participate?

Download and complete the Holiday Shutdown Checklist for your office in collaboration with your colleagues, or if you’re working from home, submit it independently! Submit one checklist per office/department/floor/wing etc. to Checklists must be completed and submitted no later than January 7th to be eligible for the prize draw.

What are the prizes?

Completed entries will be eligible for the prize draw to win one of two team prizes for your office. There will also be a prize drawn for home office workers. Prizes will be selected once the winners have been drawn.

Details on the prize winners will be announced by the end of January 2022.

Who is running the Holiday Shutdown?

The Holiday Shutdown campaign is organized by the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability. It complements the annual holiday temperature reduction program run by UVic Facilities Management, where temperatures in major buildings are lowered to 16 degrees from December 25th to January 2nd.

Where can I learn more about UVic’s sustainability and climate initiatives?

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have other questions about the Holiday Shutdown, or other sustainability campaigns, contact