Energy . . .
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.
Below are strategies that
students, faculty and staff can do to reduce his or her
Turn off . . .
- All lights when you are the
last person leaving the room.
- 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.
- Reduce office lamp
usage. Replace light bulbs with CFL 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 . .
- Unplug all electrical
equipment and any chargers when they are not in use.
heaters and fans are prohibited per the
- Be sure all exterior doors
and windows are closed during heating and cooling
- Move furniture away from
heat source to allow heat to flow into the office