Ideas Competition Energy-Saving

In the course of the ideas competition, over 140 ideas were submitted by November 6. These will now be evaluated by a jury.

Together as #teamfhms we can achieve even more.

How can we continue to save energy?

Please continue to submit your ideas to us via the online form.

Energy-Saving Measures at FH Münster

Some steps are required by law (Germany's short-term and medium-term energy supply security ordinances) and we will have to take them:

  • The temperature in offices, lecture halls, classrooms, and libraries will not exceed 19°C
  • The temperature in labs, etc. will not exceed 18°C
  • Radiator valves/thermostats will be kept at 2.5 at all times (even in times of absence over weekends, etc.)
  • No heating of hallways or common areas (that are not used as accommodations).
  • Space heaters and the like are prohibited.
  • Hot water will be shut off in restrooms (but will still be available in break rooms and labs)
  • Outdoor lighting of buildings and parking lots typically will be shut off from 10:00 PM to 4:30 AM; safety/security lighting will be left on.
  • Our heating systems will undergo technical optimization.
  • Building insulation will be inspected for optimization potential.

We will also take some voluntary steps:

  • Air conditioning in all rooms will be shut off or adjusted where it is absolutely necessary.
  • The heating period will be started as late as possible in accordance with the lower target room temperatures.
  • Indoor lighting will be optimized in compliance with workplace safety (motion sensors will be adjusted and lights converted to LEDs).

Other steps are being considered and coordinated with the departments and services.

Christmas Break

For years, campus has been closed from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day in order to save energy. Likewise, this year campus will be closed from 12/24/2022 through 01/01/2023

This year, some buildings will remain heated on a limited basis until 08/01/2023. 

Since libraries and some other rooms will be heated, there will be study areas available for more than 330 students at any given time throughout the first week of January. Additional space can be created as needed.

The following buildings will have normal heating:

  • Leonardo-Campus 10, 16 and 5
  • The rooms of the buildings on Johann-Krane-Weg
  • The Steinfurt campus (except the central university building)

The following buildings will have limited heating and use from 01/02/2023 to 01/08/2023:


The FHZ will have extremely limited heating. The library, cafeteria and computer centers as well as other required rooms and laboratories, remain heated. Internships scheduled in the FHZ will take place.


Friesenring will room temperatures lowered to around 16 °C for the entire first calendar week.


The Hüfferstiftung will have extremely limited heating.


  • The building at Leonardo-Campus 6 will be partially heated in the first calendar week. Scheduled courses will be held.
  • The building at Leonardo-Campus 7 will room temperatures lowered to around 16 °C in the first calendar week with the exception of a course on 01/07.
  • The building at Leonardo-Campus 8 will have room temperatures lowered to around 16 °C for the entire first calendar week.

Steinfurt Campus

The central university building in Steinfurt will have room temperatures lowered to around 16 °C except for the computer center.

How You Can Save Energy at Work and at Home

At Work

  • Keep radiator valves/thermostats at 2.5 at all times (even in times of absence). Keeping the temperature in your office consistent is more energy-efficient than reheating rooms that have cooled down; the temperature will automatically be lowered at night.
  • Dim your screen if possible, as every percentage point lower saves a little energy.
  • Avoid using screensavers.
  • When you leave the office, shut off your monitors and other equipment or unplug them/use a switchable power strip (to prevent standby mode).
  • Only print documents if it is really necessary.
  • Turn off the light when you leave the room.
  • When airing out rooms without an air handler, make sure to open the windows fully and, if possible, cross-ventilate for a few minutes at a time multiple times a day (rather than leaving the windows cracked for extended periods).

At Home

Entire House

  • Lower the temperature (1 °C lower saves about 6% on energy).
    Recommended temperatures:
    • Bedroom: 16-18 °C
    • Kitchen: 18-20 °C
    • Living room and nursery: 20-22 °C
    • Bathroom: 23 °C
  • Lower the heat at night and when the house will be empty for extended periods.
  • Keep doors closed.
  • Close any shutters at night
  • Air out rooms for a few minutes at a time multiple times a day by opening windows fully and, if possible, creating cross-ventilation instead of leaving windows cracked for extended periods.
  • When leaving a room, turn off the light and prevent TVs, stereo systems, etc. from going into standby mode.
  • Do not place furniture or other larger items in front of your radiators. In old buildings with poor insulation, you can also install reflectors behind the radiators.
  • Seal your windows and doors; if necessary, hang a heavy curtain in front of drafty doors.
  • Bleed your radiators and have them serviced.


  • Boiling with a lid on the pot uses less energy.
  • Turn off the stove/oven early and use the residual heat when cooking and baking. Use your oven's convection mode and avoid preheating.
  • Cook more than you need and freeze leftovers in individual portions-reheating a single meal uses less energy than cooking it.
  • Set your refrigerator temperature to 7 °C-this is sufficient for food.
  • Routinely thaw out your refrigerator and freezer.


  • Take shorter, colder showers and replace your shower head with a low-flow one.
  • Take showers instead of baths.
  • Wash your hands with cold water.


Energy Consultation

Energy consultants advise on heat exchange, saving energy, improving energy efficiency, photovoltaics, and new, energy-efficient construction. The first consultation is free of charge in Münster and Steinfurt.

Consultation and Support for Legal Disputes and Financial Troubles

Due to skyrocketing energy prices, you may find yourself in a dispute with your energy supplier and experience financial hardship. If you need help, you can get support here:

NRW Consumer Advice Center

Münster Helpdesk
Aegidiistraße 46
48143 Münster
Phone: +49 (0) 251 208653 - 01


On-Site Consultation

Caritasverband für die Stadt Münster e. V.
Josefstrasse 2
48151 Münster
Phone: +49 (0) 251 53009340

Contacts at FH Münster

Energy Supply Project Management

Vanessa Albrecht and Dr. Katja Zwingmann (Office of the President)

Energy Supply Planning Staff

  1. Guido Brebaum, chancellor
  2. Dr. Franzen-Reuter, vice-president of teaching, sustainability, and university planning
  3. Ursula Drosihn-Brunnbauer, head of human resources
  4. Matthias Dieler, head of building and facility management
  5. Dr. Eckhard Finke, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  6. Dr. Rüdiger Ostermann, Münster School of Health
  7. Dr. Frank Heimbecher, Department of Civil Engineering
  8. Dr. Thomas Schmidt, Department of Energy · Building Services · Environmental Engineering
  9. Dr. Florian Altendorfner, Department of Energy · Building Services · Environmental Engineering
  10. TBD, Students' Union Executive Committee representative
  11. Vanessa Albrecht, Referent to the chancellor

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