Kent State’s Energy Conservation Over Winter Break Saves Costs

Kent State University’s efforts to conserve energy over the winter break saved the university $45,965 in electric and steam costs over nine days. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions during this period was equal to more than a million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.

Kent State’s Office of Sustainability encouraged faculty, staff and building curators to shut down all appliances and electronics before leaving for winter break to help the university conserve energy. University Facilities Management also contributed to the energy conservation effort by setting back some building systems.

“This is a great example of how small efforts by each of us add up to a significant impact,” says Melanie Knowles, Kent State’s sustainability manager. “All of us matter on this Kent State team.”

By shutting down appliances and electronics before leaving for winter break, the university has consistently reduced costs of heating, ventilation, lighting and plug loads over the past few years.

Learn more about Kent State’s sustainability initiatives.

If you have questions about Kent State’s sustainability initiatives, contact Knowles at or 330-672-8039.

POSTED: Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:07 AM
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