University Saves $2M Via Energy Efficiency Controls

THE Mississippi University for Women (MUW) has reduced its energy use by 28 % with an estimated saving of almost $2 million over the past eight years.
Adding energy efficiency controls to six buildings on the campus, replacing halogen lights with LED track lighting in the Art and Design Building and installing energy efficient pulse boilers to take the place of steam manufacturing plants to eight buildings on campus.

With the help of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), MUW also replaced 75 metal halide lamps with T5 high bay fluorescent bulbs in gymnasiums and added occupancy controls to provide additional savings.

MUW will soon begin a project to install energy efficiency building controls in the Cromwell Communications Center, which will also make the building more comfortable for students, faculty and staff. This project is partially funded with a $150,000 grant from TVA.

MUW’s Physical Plant also contributed to the energy efforts by lighting retrofits with energy saving bulbs and fixtures, replacing mechanical equipment with new energy-efficient designs and seeking new funding and grants to complete larger on-campus projects.

The end of the fall semester has historically allowed MUW to cut additional energy expenses. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas break, electricity usage is estimated to be down by 34% and gas usage down by 11%.

Source: MUW.

Thursday 4th December 2014

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