Smart Energy Behaviors

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The real exciting part of energy conservation is you. While learning about all the ways we have been working on reducing the ecological footprint of the College, you probably see how they might apply to your life as well--and without any shift in lifestyle.


Building Lighting

Efficient lighting design begins with daylighting; electric lighting should then be designed to maximize savings from daylighting. Because lamp, ballast and light fixture efficiencies keep improving each year, it is possible to design high-quality lighting systems with lower and lower wattage densities. More efficient plug-load and hard-wired equipment is also now available, due in part to the Energy Star program. Lighting uses over 20% of the electricity on campus. The College strives to use energy-efficient lighting via the following strategies:

Energy Conservation Projects

Since 2003, the College has invested approximately $200,000 per year in energy conservation projects, and these projects have had a net simple payback of approximately 2.3 years. Examples of some of these projects are described below.