Centre conserves energy during winter break and beyond
RELEASED: December 11, 2008
During the holidays, boiler temperatures will be lowered and fan coil speeds reduced in all residence, academic and administrative buildings not in use; thermostats will be lowered; water heaters will be turned down or off; and lights will be turned off in unused areas.
But more importantly, much is going on behind the scenes to make permanent changes that will reduce the College's environmental impact. Wayne King, director of facilities management, plays a lead role the effort.
"Last winter we replaced the chiller (cooling system) at the Norton Center for the Arts with a new type of system that should be about 20 percent more energy efficient," King says. "We've replaced several 150-watt can lights at Norton with 14-watt LED lights, and plan to replace about 20 more over the holidays."
King goes on to say that light levels in corridors and public areas are being reduced – while maintaining good visibility – in most large residence halls and general and academic buildings across campus. This is being accomplished by simply removing selected bulbs as is deemed practical. Incandescent bulbs are being replaced with 18-watt compact fluorescent bulbs.
"We're replacing the existing switches on all three gyms in Sutcliffe Athletic Center with key switches," King says. "Athletics will be able to control those switches to prevent the lights being left on. We're also installing one-hour timer switches on the lights over mirrors in all dormitory bathrooms."
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