UNCW beats state deadline to cut energy costs

Reported by Scott Saxton  email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The University of North Carolina Wilmington has already exceeded a state mandate to reduce energy use by 20 percent, according to a news release.

UNCW and other state agencies were required by the General Assembly to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by July 2010.  In the last six years, UNCW has dropped usage 28%, including 11% in the current fiscal year.  That has resulted in a cost savings in utilities of more than $2 million, according to university officials.

The university has taken several steps to save energy, including turning down the temperature in buildings overnight and on weekends, improving heating/air conditioning controls in the Center for Marine Science, setting a more uniform temperature in all buildings and replacing, upgrading or installing HVAC equipment and heat pumps in various buildings.

The bill further requires agencies to cut energy use by 30% by the year 2015.  University leaders believe they can beat that deadline as well.

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