COM announces $100,000 energy savings

Posted on: October 07, 2013

In celebration of Energy Awareness Month, College of the Mainland reports that in just a year the college has saved more than $170,119 in energy costs by implementing new efficiency measures.

Since launching the Cenergistic Energy Program in September 2012, the college has slashed 19 percent from its utility bills by using software to analyze usage, minimizing energy use during nonoperational hours and regulating air-conditioning and heating schedules.

COM also installed wireless thermostats called Ecobees at the COM Learning Center-North County in League City, which allow for remote monitoring and control of the building’s heating and air-conditioning system from the main campus. The new technology paid for itself within two months.
Beyond dollar amounts, savings total one million kilowatts of energy, 11,000 therms of natural gas and one million gallons of water. The college prevented 604 metric tons of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of removing 126 vehicles from the roads for a year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s online greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator.
The college also encourages individuals to turn off computers, classroom lights and other electronics when not in use.
“You turned your car off before you came to work. It’s the same thing on campus. When you’re done using it, turn it off,” explained COM energy specialist and safety officer Bill Roy. “Employees are doing their part, turning things off and keeping classroom doors closed at night to keep the building cool.”

To measure and quantify the program’s success, COM tracks energy consumption using independent energy-accounting software. The program is projected to save the college $2.8 million during the next 10 years.

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