The University Record, January 28, 1998
On Jan. 28, 1973, students living in West Quad and other residence halls on campus were asked to disconnect refrigerators, hair dryers and corn poppers to help in U-M's energy conservation effort during the power crisis. Students also were asked to close windows, turn off unnecessary lights and cut down on hot water use.
Today, the U-M spends more than $4 million each year in lighting alone in residence halls and other buildings on the Ann Arbor campus. An estimated 20,000 personal computers, uncountable microwave ovens, stereo sets and small appliances keep the U-M's five electrical substations busy distributing power from the Central Power Plant.