William Carey University has
partnered with Cenergistic to
create a campus environment that
promotes energy conservation and
savings. Cenergistic has worked
with many area school districts and
local higher education institutions
to implement positive changes that
have resulted in significant savings
through lowered energy costs.
Although Carey is in the early
stages of this process, savings
are already being realized. For
example, for the month of May
this year, the Hattiesburg campus
experienced a nearly 19 percent
reduction in energy costs when
compared to May 2011, a savings
of almost $13,000, and WCU-
Tradition realized over 25% in
energy savings during that same
month as compared to 2011.
During the first four months of
the program, which Cenergistic
provided without charge, Carey
saved a total of $54,195.
“The process is simple,” said
Scotty Fletcher, energy education
specialist at Carey. “We make
everyone comfortable while here,
but then set the energy usage back
when people aren’t in the buildings.
Buildings do not use energy, people
do.” A practical approach to this
method is that when buildings are
occupied, the cooling is set to 74°
F and the heating is set to 68° F, but
when buildings
are not occupied,
the cooling is set up
to 85° F and the heating is set back
to 55° F.
Through this and other common
sense tactics, Cenergistic has
helped educational institutions
across the country save over $2.8
billion dollars, and the company
only accepts payment when savings
are realized. This, in turn, allows
the educational institutions to invest
capital that would otherwise be
spent for energy into educational
programs and infrastructure. For
Carey, energy savings allowed
faculty and staff to receive pay
increases for 2012-2013.
As with any cultural and
behavioral campus change,
communication with faculty,
staff, and students is the key.
Fletcher and representatives from
Cenergistic meet regularly with
campus members to encourage
conservationist behaviors. Fletcher
reiterates the fact that the success
of this program lies with each
person cooperating, which can be
as simple as turning off the lights
when leaving a room unoccupied.
“The end goal of this program,”
said Fletcher, “is to continue to
make Carey a place that succeeds
in every way and make our
environment safer and greener.”
from Energy
Conservation Program
During the summer,
renovations began to
modernize and expand
McMillan Hall, which houses
the information technology
department’s offices, meeting
space, and workspace; the
campus post office; and
Barnes & Noble, the campus
bookstore. The project, which
will be completed later this
year, will almost double the
floor space of the building,
providing room for additional
mailboxes and a much-
needed larger bookstore.
| Carey Magazine
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