Wesleyan University's Energy Efficiency Efforts Save $480,000 Annually

Wesleyan University and Connecticut utility Eversource recently started a new energy-efficiency partnership aimed at reducing energy costs. Since 2014, energy efficiency efforts completed at the private, non-sectarian liberal arts university have reduced energy costs by approximately $480,000 a year, Eversource says.

Besides those cost savings, the utility estimates that energy efficiency work completed across the campus over the past two years has saved the school almost 4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, and resulted in annual carbon reductions of nearly 262 tons.Upgrades include installing new energy-efficient LED lighting systems at the university's state-of-the-art Freeman Athletic Center. These systems lower maintenance costs and provide a better environment with minimal glare for players and spectators, according to the school.  Eversource and Wesleyan University noted that these lighting systems use up to 75% less electricity and feature dimming and remote-control capabilities as well as smart motion-detecting controls that can be scheduled to turn off lights when no one is present, sharply reducing electricity usage.

Previously, Wesleyan replaced the HVAC in its Center For the Arts Rehearsal Hall in 2013 and added solar power to an onsite microgrid in 2015.  Wesleyan University's Climate Action Plan aims for carbon neutrality by 2050.


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Source: Energy Manager Today