OSU-CHS has saved at least $1.8 million in energy costs as part of the university’s green initiative, an increase from about $1.7 million last year. Together, OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa energy conservation efforts have resulted in a cost savings of about $4 million since 2007.
The program was designed to limit utility energy consumption primarily when buildings and spaces are unoccupied. It utilizes standardized best practices and guidelines to promote responsible energy management and encourages students, faculty and staff to be energy savers as well as energy consumers, said Angelyn Holmes, assistant director of facilities management.
Some of the tips provided to help the university save energy costs are shutting off lights, powering off computers and monitors when not in use, keeping windows closed and lowering blinds on south and west sides of buildings. To learn about additional steps to conserve energy, view Go Pokes! Go Green! Tip Sheet.