Powering down

Jan 6, 2006

Kettering University is doing its share to conserve and share resources by creating a comprehensive energy saving plan.

Due to rising energy costs, Kettering University will institute an energy savings plan this winter. Using costs based on 2004 usage, Patricia Engle, director of Physical Plant, worked with Plant Maintenance and Business Operations staff to develop ways to reduce energy costs.

In December 2004, the average electrical usage per day for the campus was $2,450; the average natural gas usage per was $6,745; and the average city water usage per day from November 2004 through March 2005 was $560.

The energy savings plan developed by Engle and her staff includes the following action steps:

  • Reduce building internal temperatures from 70 to 68 (a drop of 2 degrees). A drop of 1 degree will result in a 3 percent reduction in usage. By applying this to campus usage, it would result in a daily savings of $405, or $49,005 for the winter season.
  • Request that employees to minimize the use of electric heaters.
  • Ask employees turn off all room lighting except in occupied areas requiring security or safe travel. This will result in a savings of approximately 3 percent per day. By applying this to campus usage, it would result in a daily savings of $74, or $8,954 for the winter season.
  • Rotating air handler usage so only half of available units are running at one time during weekend operations. It is estimated that this will result in a daily savings of $1,100, or $38,500 for the winter season.
  • Turning off all non-student computers and monitors on nights and weekends, for a winter season savings of $18,225.
  • Turning all student use computers and monitors to stand by after one hour of non-use, for a winter season savings of $35,407.

After implementing the energy saving measures, the estimated overall savings for the winter season is approximately $150,091.

For more information on saving on your energy bill, visit Kettering's corporate partner, Consumers Energy, "More Than 100 Ways To Save On Your Energy Bill."