Installation of new energy saving endeavors has begun across campus. The physical plant is upgrading buildings around campus to provide light and temperature with greater energy efficiency.
In an effort to lower energy consumption, which will lower the school’s overall electric bill, buildings all over campus are being installed with new heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems and LED bulbs and occupancy light sensors in each room.
According to Kris Vincent, physical plant facility manager, the changes currently taking place around campus will lower Malone’s electric intake by a total of 15 percent.
“We are on our way to saving up to $45,000 a year with these utility savings,” Vincent said. “And some of these buildings may even get an Energy Star Rating, which is good credibility for Malone and anyone interested in the school.”
The new LED bulbs provide the same amount of light as standard bulbs but require much less energy. Occupancy light sensors will allow for each room to be lit only when someone is present and will turn off after not detecting movement for a set time, which will ultimately cut down on the electricity needed to light rooms each day.
In addition to these measures, Dr. King has suggested to the physical plant that specific grass areas be labeled “no-mow.” Grass will grow extensively in the designated areas. The changes will allow wildflowers to flourish and reduce the amount of gas required to mow. This will also cut down on the manpower needed to mow around campus.
The initiatives greatly affect the library, and major changes are happening. The physical plant is currently upgrading the chiller in the library’s HVAC system, and the project is expected to finish in March 2016, just in time for summer.
Each room in the library will have a temperature control panel with the new system, so users will have the ability to change the temperature of a single room. The changes will make the library more comfortable while saving energy.
Rebecca Fort, Director of Library Services, said that she is “excited for all temperatures to be balanced, and for everyone to be happy when they come into the library.”
Josh Myers is a Staff Writer for The Aviso