SUNY Canton’s capital investments have wisely focused on energy-saving projects to improve efficiency, conserve resources and lower impact on the environment.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Chancellor Kristina Johnson are challenging state agencies, including the SUNY system, to reduce non-renewable energy consumption by 20% - 30% by 2020. At SUNY Canton, we take this challenge seriously and are working towards this reduction through measureable initiatives. Canton is managing and monitoring energy consumption, utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions through EnergyCap, a software program, designed to track and measure progress toward this goal. Refer to the graph below, illustrating Canton’s energy use and costs for the 2014-2015 year.
The College is decreasing energy consumption and improving building performance through various initiatives including:
- Campus-wide lighting up grades.
- Replacement of air filters to improve indoor air quality as well as reduce the amount of electricity needed to operate fans.
- Installation of occupancy and daylight sensors to take advantage of natural light and decrease electricity consumption from lighting.
- Retrofits on building envelopes of several residence halls.
- Installations of low-e window.
- In addition to monitoring energy use, the University closely monitors vehicle gas and water use.
- Enforcing temperature set points. Temperatures are kept at 68 degrees during heating season, while air conditioned buildings are kept at 76 degrees during cooling season.
- Participate in the demand response program during peak electricity demand days.
Lower Summer Demand Saves Energy, Reduces Utility Costs
On the hottest days of the year, the electrical grid can become overwhelmed with increased energy loads to cool and dehumidify buildings. When this happens the grid is forced to turn on additional, usually less efficient, power plants for extra electricity.
Canton has developed a “Demand Response Plan” that is implemented on peak demand days as part of the overall energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy. This involves taking steps to cut energy use further than our normal conservation efforts.
Building, Facility and Energy Managers play a crucial role in Demand Response, resetting schedules for major equipment and adjusting other building related mechanisms; however, your behavior to conserve energy is also a key component to success and in some older buildings, the only way to implement demand response.
- Turn off all unnecessary electronic devices.
- When gone for an hour or more, turn off computers, monitors, copiers, and printers whenever possible.
- If you have a laptop, work from battery power.
- Turn off all non-essential lights and use energy efficient task lighting in place of overhead lighting.
- Raise the thermostat in your area by a few degrees, where applicable.
- Close the window shades and blinds.
- Use stairs instead of elevators if you are able.
- Plan high-energy use meetings or events in the mornings.
- Turn off laboratory equipment when not being used.
- Utility cost savings and lower demand charges on Canton’s utility bill means more funds for student opportunities, research and other activities!
- Energy savings help combat climate change by reducing the University’s greenhouse gas emissions.
- Contributing to the stability of the power grid reduces the likelihood and consequences of forced brown outs/black outs.