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Lighting Projects Result in More Energy Efficient Schools

New energy efficient lighting projects on college campuses are helping cut electric usage and reduce costs.

New energy efficient lighting projects on college campuses are helping cut electric usage and reduce costs.

Colorado State University will be upgrading their light fixtures to reduce the school’s carbon footprint and cut down on electricity bills. According to the Coloradoan, electricity consumption on campus will be cut by 3.7 million kilowatt-hours, saving the school approximately $248,000 annually in electric costs after the new energy efficient lighting is installed.

Thirty university buildings will receive about 12,000 new light fixtures to create a more energy efficient campus. CSU also hopes to install additional lighting in another 10 buildings across school grounds in another upcoming project, the article stated.

Binghamton University in New York is also reducing their carbon footprint and becoming more energy efficient. The school will save an estimated $355,000 in annual energy costs by installing new efficient light fixtures on campus and by taking other energy efficient measures, Pressconnects.com reported. Also as a result of the project, Binghamton will avoid distributing more than 2,190 tons of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

One of the projects at the university is installing occupancy-based lighting controls, which will ensure the lights turn on only when a building or room is being occupied. Pressconnect.com also reported the school will be installing daylight harvesting controls, a lighting system that dims artificial light when natural light is available.

These upgrades will reduce electricity usage at the school by 1.8 million kilowatt-hours annually. In all, the new facility lighting will help the school become up to 30 percent more energy efficient.

“The implementation of our projects will greatly enhance our energy conservation efforts, reduce cost and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Binghamton University president Harvey Stenger said.

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