Energy . . .
use . . .
Energy has been and
continues to be an important part of contemporary
society but addressing energy efficiency is becoming
more critical. Winthrop has been actively
investigating opportunities to improve its energy
efficiency since approving its
2009. Strategies implemented so far include
upgrading campus lighting as well as presetting room
temperatures to maximize efficiency during heating
and cooling seasons.
Individual behaviors can
significantly impact our ability to meet our goals
and there are ways you can help. Winthrop’s utility
bill for gas and electric for FY14 was approximately
$3.3 million. If each faculty and staff member
committed to reducing his or her energy use,
significant cost savings could be realized not to
mention the social and environmental benefits. Below
are several saving strategies that can be
implemented in any office and/or building.
Turn off . . .
- All lights when you are the
last person leaving the room. This reduces
energy consumed thus lowering utility bills and
- Overhead lights if your
office or room has quality natural light.
- All electronic equipment
when not in use
- Televisions and stereos
when you leave your classroom, residence hall or
- Screen savers - they are
not needed. A computer in sleep mode uses 87%
less energy than a computer in screen-saver mode.
for setting screen saver options.
- Reduce office lamp
usage. Replace all light bulbs with CFL bulbs.
Use a desk lamp with compact fluorescent (CFL's)
instead of turning on overhead lights.
rated CFL's last longer and use 75% less energy
than traditional incandescent bulbs.
- Check HVAC units to
make sure they aren't running when they don't need
to be. Monitors, copiers
and printers at night and on weekends
- Computers over the weekend.
See IT's recommendations on page ten of the
Faculty / Staff Technology Handbook.
Energy Saving Measures for the Office . .
For more detailed strategies, go
a comprehensive certification program that analyzes
work place activities within the following
categories: energy, materials and resources,
transportation, indoor air quality, water, and
Section 48-52-620, Code of
Laws of South Carolina, requires all state agencies,
school districts and public colleges and universities to
develop energy conservation plans to reduce their energy
consumption by one percent annually during fiscal years
2009-2013 and by a total of a 20 percent reduction in
energy use by 2020, as compared to 2000 levels. An
Plan and a campus wide
developed by Winthrop's energy team; the Energy Policy
was approved in 2009. Both are a realistic and comprehensive
document that identifies strategies to meet energy and
water conservation and efficiency goals as significant
issues for the entire campus community.
On average, there are
approximately 7,400 people on our campus
weekday. Winthrop’s annual utility bill is more than
million; this includes electricity, gas, oil,
water, and sewer. If each
person practices each of
the conservation strategies listed below, the
university could save $277,500 annually in energy costs,
reduce carbon emissions, and save 2,768
acres of forest.