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Texas, was struggling with a growing list of deferred maintenance challenges, including equipment failures and outdated technology.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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