A primer for energy conservation


Least-Cost Strategy

Energy conservation has been called the "least-cost" energy strategy, and for good reason. At SOU, energy conservation measures are avoiding in excess of $400,000 in energy costs annually. (Source: Johnson Controls Energy Report)

Energy conservation does more than just save money. It reduces environmental and social costs as well.

Energy conservation mitigates the numerous adverse environmental and social impacts associated with energy production and consumption. These include air pollution, acid rain, global warming, oil spills, water pollution, loss of wilderness areas, construction of new power plants, foreign energy dependence and the risk of international conflict over energy supplies.

Energy conservation extends the lifetime of equipment and reduces maintenance cost by operating fewer hours at less than maximum capacity. All equipment is rated to operate for a number of hours in its lifetime. Equipment that is operated for 8 hours a day will last three times longer than equipment that is operated for 24 hours a day.

"But I don't pay the bill, why should I care?"

You should care because it does cost you money. You do pay the bill.

Nationally, students who attend state universities have seen their tuition increase an average of 40% since 2000. Energy costs have figured prominently in this tuition increase; nearly doubling since 2000. Facility and Staff pay the bill too. Higher energy costs leave less money for research projects, new positions, salary increases, and benefits.