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Nov. 20, 2013
Northwest Missouri State University continues to find ways to reduce its energy consumption, and this fall the University is nearing the completion of a major upgrade of its lighting systems.
The newer lighting uses about 40 percent less energy than the equipment it replaces while providing equivalent light levels. Northwest expects to save $80,000 to $100,000 annually in energy savings when the upgrade is complete. Also, with three times the rated life and manufacturers’ warranties, Northwest projects savings of its maintenance costs.
Northwest began the lighting upgrade last summer with Facility Services installing more energy-efficient lighting and control systems in academic buildings and residential halls.
The lighting upgrades are now complete in 12 buildings, amounting to more than 4,500 light fixtures. Additionally, Northwest has installed dozens of occupancy sensors to turn on lights only when spaces are occupied.
Lighting upgrades are complete in all of Northwest’s high-rise residential halls, the Lamkin Activity Center, Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building, Materials Distribution Center, Martindale Hall, the B.D. Owens Library and Everett Brown Hall.
The lighting upgrade completed in the Student Rec Center, for example, provides 30 percent more light while using 25 percent less power. Additionally, occupancy sensors over basketball courts turn off lights when they are not in use. In the Rec Center alone, Northwest will realize more than $3,000 per year in energy savings.
Kansas City Power and Light is providing a $136,385 rebate for the project, which covers about half of the upgrade cost. The upgrade also was performed in-house by Facility Services, saving the University more than $200,000 and yielding an attractive return on investment for Northwest.
Northwest has realized a 14 percent reduction in daily electricity use compared to last year through this upgrade, and numerous other initiatives are being taken by Facility Services to keep energy costs affordable.
“Electricity rates rose 16 percent last year, lighting technology has recently seen some significant improvements and KCP&L increased the size of its rebates in January as a result of the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act,” Northwest’s Energy Manager Dan Boyt said. “These factors came together to make this the perfect time to make the investment. The new equipment is some of the most energy-efficient on the market and is making a real impact on our daily electricity consumption.”
For decades, Northwest has been recognized as a leader in energy conservation and using alternative fuels. Last spring, the University was recognized as one of the nation’s top energy-reducing schools based on results of the 2013 Campus Conservation Nationals.
Last year, the University adopted an energy policy to further curb energy waste and established standards for scheduling and temperature setpoints across the campus. Northwest is partnering with its facility services manager, Aramark Higher Education, to implement a program and realized financial savings of more than $400,000 in the first year of the program. Last December alone, Northwest cut its energy consumption by 26 percent – a savings of more than $65,000 – by lowering thermostats and unplugging items, among other energy-reducing measures during the University’s winter break.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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