Why Save Energy and Water?
Because energy and water account for more than $30 million in annual costs for NC State, energy management efforts are vital to minimizing costs, saving natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, as a publicly-funded institution, NC State is mandated by a 2007 Senate Bill 668 to reduce energy use by 30 percent and water use by 20 percent by 2015.
How NC State Saves
Since 2004, NC State has reduced its energy use per gross square foot by 21 percent and its water use by 49 percent. In the Strategic Energy and Water Annual Report for fiscal year 2013, you find details about many conservation strategies led by the university’s Energy Management office, including:
- Efficient Equipment Upgrades
- Efficient Operations
- Solar Energy
- Smart Grid
- Holiday Energy Savings Programs
- Water Conservation
What You Can Do
Most simple: turn off lights when you leave an empty room, turn off and unplug unnecessary electronics, power down your computer at the end of the day and shut the sash on fume hoods in labs. Change Your State and virtual campus rooms show you more ways you can save.