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State Energy Conservation Program

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Energy Conservation Initiatives

First Quarter - 2009

  1. Commissary building renovation project is currently underway. It will include the installation of new energy-efficient light fixtures and the replacement of outdated HVAC units.
  2. Newman Center renovation project is currently underway. It will include the installation of new energy-efficient light fixtures and the replacement of outdated HVAC units.
  3. Two parking lot lighting projects were completed with lamp upgrades. This included the replacement of 1000-watt fixtures with 13 new energy-efficient 400-watt fixtures.
  4. Programmable thermostats were installed in the Music building, replacing outdated manual thermostats.
  5. Two outdated and inefficient HVAC units were replaced throughout campus with new energy-efficient models. Six more are scheduled for the next quarter.
  6. Partial EMS upgrades were completed for MRC North and South Building. The next phase is currently under design. This will complete the replacement of inoperable HVAC controls in these buildings.
  7. New EMS controls and programmable thermostats were installed to control several A/R units in the Oliveira Library.
  8. New EMS controls were installed in the Rusteberg building eliminating manual thermostats.
  9. New EMS controls were installed in three units in the Tandy building eliminating manual thermostats.
  10. New EMS controls were installed for the lighting in the ITEC center hallway, providing programmable control for lighting that was on 24/7.
  11. Preventive Maintenance program is in the process of being automated via our new computerized maintenance management system. PM program is currently completed through manual logs. New system will ensure that PM’s are completed on time and schedule resulting in higher unit efficiency and operation. HVAC department PMs have been completed and are in the work order system.
  12. A new 600-ton chiller has been installed in the EDBC Plant and is operating as expected. Energy-efficient operation should complement the existing units in this facility.
  13. A new 1000-ton cooling tower is currently under design. This will help ensure that the existing systems operate correctly promoting energy saving.
  14. EMS building programmer will continue to be requested for expanded Energy Management System. This will allow full control and use of system in conjunction with room scheduling.

Energy saving ideas – simple things you can do:

  1. Encourage communications by email, and read email messages onscreen to determine whether it's necessary to print them. If it's not, don't!
  2. Reduce fax-related paper waste by using a fax-modem and by using a fax cover sheet only when necessary. Fax-modems allow documents to be sent directly from a computer, without requiring a printed hard copy.
  3. Produce double-sided documents whenever possible.
  4. For three copies or less use the printer, for more, use the copier.
  5. Recycle paper, it reduces water and energy usage and cuts pollution in half.
  6. Do not leave taps dripping; always close them tightly after use. (One drop wasted per second wastes 10,000 liters per year.)
  7. Increase day lighting, take advantage of free energy.
  8. Turn off your office or class room lights when not in use.
  9. If you use a desk lamp, use compact fluorescent bulbs.
  10. Turn off your computer monitor if you leave for more than 10 minutes.
  11. Turn off equipment when it's not being used. This can reduce the energy used by 25 percent; turning off the computers at the end of the day can save an additional 50 percent.
  12. Buy equipment that has earned the “ENERGY STAR”.
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