It's lights out on high bills

2:06:28 PM CDT - Wednesday, April 05, 2006

While WSU makes energy-saving upgrades, individuals at WSU can help reduce utility costs, too, said Woody DePontier, Physical Plant director.

"People's actions can have dramatic results on energy consumption," DePontier said.

He noted many schools, offices and colleges have found that simply turning off lights, computers, heating/air-conditioning and other devices when areas are unoccupied can reduce annual utility costs by as much as 10 to 15 percent. Also changing temperature settings by two or three degrees can help save more than 15 to 22 percent.

"Considering the university's annual utility costs are about $3.5 million, the people who make up the WSU community could save up to $600,000 to $700,000 annually" by turning off things and adjusting the temperature settings, DePontier said.

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