Everyone can help conserve energy on campus
Facilities Operations has adopted already adopted the following measures to conserve energy on campus:
- Implemented nighttime temperature setbacks.
- Purchased a thermal imaging camera to improve equipment efficiencies and weatherproofing.
- Buildings that do not have 24hour occupancy are not heated or cooled from 11 p.m.- a.m.
- All incandescent bulbs throughout campus have been replaced with compact fluorescent lights.
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 1/3 the electricity and last up to 10 times as long as incandescent bulbs*.
- We are utilizing the Energy Management System to verify that all building control algorithms are performing as intended.
Energy Conservation Measures In Process
- We are evaluating and adjusting the amount of outside air brought into buildings based upon carbon dioxide levels.
- We are currently testing occupancy sensors throughout the Facilities Operations building. Occupancy Sensors are devices that detect the presence of someone entering a room and turns on the lights. The lights turn off automatically when the room has been unoccupied for a set period of time.
- All campus buildings will be separately metered (water, gas, electricity) in order to determine which buildings have the greatest opportunity for efficiency improvements.
- The White Chapel and Millennium Fountain water features are cycled off nightly from midnight-5 a.m.
All future buildings will be built according LEED certification requirements.
How You Can Conserve Energy
Conserving energy is everyone's job. Here are steps anyone on campus can take.
- Switch off lights, computers, photocopiers and other electrical equipment at night. Enable energy-saving features on all computers and copiers.
- Ensure that lights and nonessential equipment are turned off when not in use.
- Consider energy-efficiency when purchasing new equipment. Give preference to equipment with low-power standby or sleep features. Purchase Energy Star rated equipment when available.
- Put your monitor to sleep rather than use screen savers; they often consume more energy.
- Minimize the use of space heaters. Space heaters often overload electrical circuits. Contact Facilities Operations at 877-8693for room-temperature adjustments.