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New Cost-Cutting Measures Announced

East Carolina University administrators have instituted more measures to curb energy use and save money.

Among the measures: Campus building thermostats will be set so that temperatures neither exceed 78 degrees in summer nor drop below 66 degrees in winter. Faucets and toilets will be altered with low-flow equipment to save water, while hot water heaters will be set to the most efficient settings.

Also, controls will be installed to reduce lighting in building when buildings are not occupied. Incandescent lamps will be replaced with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs.

The plans, which Kevin Seitz, ECU’s vice chancellor for administration and finance, announced Dec. 9, are designed to help the university meet challenges posed by state budget constraints and laws aimed at energy reduction, as well as the UNC System’s commitment to climate neutrality by 2050.  

Facilities Services aims to institute the measures with a little disruption as possible, Seitz said in an e-mail to the campus community. The university also will make exceptions for laboratories, vivariums and other facilities that have special energy needs.
Seitz urged people on campus to dress with building temperatures in mind and, when possible, to turn off lights and equipment when not in use.

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This story appeared originally in the Dec. 21, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at