The Dernogalizer

October 22, 2009

University of Maryland Cutting Energy Costs

Filed under: Energy/Climate,University of Maryland — Matt Dernoga @ 12:49 pm
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I’m always willing to give credit where credit is due.  As this Diamondback article reports, the University of Maryland has used better light practices to cut consumption by 77% in the 21 buildings it has upgraded to far.  This falls in line with other practices UMD is doing to cut down on energy usage, which is in line with its Climate Action Plan.  Notable excerpts below.

“Dimming lights and changing a few thousand bulbs has reduced university carbon emissions by 1,446 tons over the last year.”

“At the program’s halfway point, the hallway lighting energy consumption of the 21 buildings has been reduced by 77 percent, and $203,000 has been trimmed from the university’s electrical bill, which is generally close to $25 million a year. Once the project is finished, the university expects annual savings of about $700,000.”

“Accounting for about 30 to 40 percent of the university’s electrical costs, lighting was considered the best area to target for energy reduction, said Marlowe Leafty, who directs the project as the campus’ assistant director of electrical systems. Hallway lighting was seen as easier to change and less disruptive to students and faculty then changing classroom and office lighting, Leafty said.”

“Once the project is completed, facilities management is planning to expand it to include classroom, offices and non-academic buildings. They also will work with the Department of Residential Facilities to expand the program to dining halls and dorms.”

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