Energy-efficiency is the key, says retrofitter

Simple energy-efficiency measures are sometimes ignored in favour of high-profile renewable power sources such as solar panels and wind turbines, it has been claimed.

Stephen Freskos, a contractor currently working on an energy-saving retrofit project at San Jose State University, told the Spartan Daily that reducing energy consumption can often be just as effective as green power generation.

"People are most focused on producing energy, when people need to think about turning off their lights," he said.

Mr Freskos has been working to cut energy use on the San Jose campus since May last year and has helped to install occupancy sensors to a library lighting system, as well as developing a variable-speed heating and ventilation system for the university's business tower.

Energy analyst Jared Isaacson told the university publication that the campus should see annual savings of approximately $400,000 (£242,000) once the retrofit is complete.

"A lot of what people think is green is only what they can see. A smarter first step is to look at conservation, then look at power generation," Mr Freskos added.

San Jose State University currently provides tuition for a student body of more than 30,000 and is ranked in the top 200 research institutions in the US.

Published by Hannah WalshADNFCR-2541-ID-19421388-ADNFCR

Thursday 22nd October 2009

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