Energy is among a university’s most necessary and costly expenses. NC State’s aggressive energy management strategies are designed to minimize costs, save natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
These conservation strategies are successfully reducing campus energy use while enabling the university to progress toward surpassing state-mandated utility reduction goals. 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. Explore more in our Annual Energy and Water Report from 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2008-2009
Follow real-time energy use in these campus buildings:
- Caldwell, Winston and Tompkins Hall
- College of Textiles Building
- Talley Student Union
- James B. Hunt Jr. Library
- Monteith Engineering Research Center
- Wolf Ridge Tower Hall
- Wolf Ridge Apartments Total Water Use and Electric Use
- Wolf Ridge Plaza Hall
- Wolf Ridge Lakeview Hall
- Wolf Ridge Innovation Hall
- Wolf Ridge Grove Hall
- Wolf Ridge Valley Hall
- Engineering Building I
- Engineering Building II
- Engineering Building III
(per gross square foot)
Goal: 30% reduction by 2015
What We’re Doing
In addition to the installation of efficient equipment, NC State uses many strategies and industry best practices to reduce energy demand, ensure operational excellence and maximize energy savings. Read more about efficient operations and equipment
NC State has a long history of solar installations on campus and is a leader in solar and other clean energy technology. See the solar projects on campus
Emerging smart grid technology has the potential to revolutionize NC State’s energy conservation efforts and the research capacity of Centennial Campus, where smart grid is planned. Get the latest on the campus smart grid
NC State leads PowerAmerica, a $140 million advanced manufacturing institute that will unite academic, government and industry partners in an effort to revolutionize energy efficiency across a wide range of applications, including electronic devices, power grids and electric vehicles.
The Internet of Energy
Without the electricity delivered over the nation’s power grid, commerce would grind to a halt, communication networks would fail, transportation would stop and cities would go dark. NC State researchers are transforming the power grid with smart grid technology >>>
What You Can Do
Hit the Switch
Lighting accounts for 15 percent of electricity use. Help reduce energy by always turning off lights when leaving a room. Use natural or task lighting when possible.
Pull the Plug
Did you know that your TV and computer use electricity even when turned off? Same goes for your game console, stereo, printer, coffee maker, and any other electronic or appliance that has a standby mode.
Shut the Sash
If you’re doing research or experiments in a campus lab using a fume hood, remember to shut the sash when you’re done. An open sash is one of the biggest energy wasters on campus.
How NC State Can Help
The university and its Cooperative Extension offer the following resources related to energy and water conservation:
- Cooperative Extension’s Home Energy Conservation program
- Industrial Extension Service offers sustainability and energy services to NC businesses, organizations and governments
- College of Engineering’s Energy Solutions implements energy conservation and efficiency in NC businesses, organizations and governments
Energy Management coordinates water and energy conservation on campus