New Energy Efficiency Program Announced
Left-over pizza, soft drinks, maybe some other snacks – most students like the convenience of having a small refrigerator in their dorm room. But those refrigerators can use a lot of power. A new program named Centre’s Energy Star Refrigerator Overhaul (CESRO) will get incoming first-year students involved in campus sustainability before they even step foot on campus.
All incoming first-year students were sent an email offering a group purchase program for a high-efficiency compact refrigerator for their dorm room. The program, led by Spencer Ruggles ’16, energy conservation and efficiency intern, and Anne Evans ’12, assistant director of residence life, offers students a Sears/Kenmore 4.4 cu.ft. single-door, compact refrigerator for $155. As an extra incentive, participating students will find the unit already delivered to their dorm room on move-in day.
The program produces savings in two ways: The student will save $10 to $50 below the retail price for the refrigerator, depending upon the model they choose, and the College will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 100 to 200 pounds per year, per refrigerator as well as reduce electricity costs. Ruggles emphasizes, “The reduced electricity used through CESRO will keep Centre College on its ambitious goal to become a carbon-neutral campus by the year 2040.”
by Preston Miles
July 17, 2015