Lamar University posts $20M energy savings - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency  -  May 2, 2019

Lamar University posts $20M energy savings

Lamar University announced it has reached a $20 million energy savings milestone as a result of its 15-year energy efficiency project. The project has reduced campus-wide utility consumption by 43 percent, saving on average $1.63 million in annual utility costs.

The project began in 2004 when the university, located in Beaumont, Texas, was struggling with a growing list of deferred maintenance challenges, including equipment failures and outdated technology. To address these issues, the university partnered with Schneider Electric to develop a customized energy efficiency project. The savings came from a wide variety of measures that improved energy efficiency and enhanced the learning environment, including:

  • Replacing HVAC equipment to increase comfort for staff, faculty, and students
  • Updating hot water heaters, water fixtures and the chiller plant to increase the life of equipment
  • Installing new energy management systems to decrease staff maintenance time
  • Retrofitting campus lighting for a brighter learning environment


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