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University Efforts and Recommendations and Energy Conservation Tips

ECU Long-Term Water Efficiency Plan

East Carolina University developed a Long-Term Water Efficiency Plan in 2004 in response to the following concerns, restrictions, directives, and mandates.

East Carolina University recognizes utility conservation, water conservation, water quality management, resource management, and sustainability efforts as the responsibility of the entire University community including faculty, staff, and students. On behalf of the University community, ECU Campus Operations shall continue to initiate, evaluate, and implement water conservation measures as appropriate to support the mission of the University. The University's Utility Conservation & Awareness Committee shall continue to monitor the University's efforts and progress. "

Governor Easley's August 2002 Executive Order No. 26, Water System Protection, directed all State agencies to discontinue "non-essential" water use until further notice and to develop and implement long term financially feasible conservation measures. Upon completion of a long-term water efficiency plan, a State agency may request that the directive by Executive Order No. 26 be lifted to allow consumption of water for "non-essential" uses. "

The NC General Assembly October 2002 House Bill 1215 mandated that all State agencies reduce water consumption. "

In response to recommendations by the Capital Management Subcommittee of the Governor's Efficiency Study Commission, the State Facilities Utility Savings Initiative (USI) was created by the State Energy Office (SEO) in FY02-03 to assist State agencies with lowering their utility costs and to ensure that State agencies have implemented operation and maintenance conservation measures.

Recurring Actions to Continue UC&AC Initiatives

In an effort to document recurring actions required to maintain and continue the University's support of energy conservation efforts as identified by the University Utility Conservation & Awareness Committee, a Facilities Services Standard Practice (FSSP) was developed.

UC&AC Support of Energy Conservation Devices on Drink Machines

The Utility Conservation & Awareness Committee supports the use of energy conservation devices on drink machines per the Utility Savings Initiative administered by the State Energy Office. A Facilities Services Standard Practice (FSSP) has been published to document Facilities Services procedures associated with cleaning drink machines and the installation, maintenance, and removal of drink machine energy conservation devices.

ECU Maintenance Program rated Excellent in Operational Assessment requested by the Office of the President

In 2003, the Office of the President of the University of North Carolina requested an operational assessment on the maintenance programs and conditions of the sixteen campuses in the University system. From October through December 2003, on-site reviews were performed. The objective at each site was to determine if a formal maintenance program is in place, if the program is adequate, if there are sufficient human resources in place to execute the program, and if actual conditions indicate the required maintenance is being performed. The maintenance program at each campus was assigned a rating of excellent, good, marginal, or failing.

It was reported to the Board of Governors that only three campuses were rated excellent: East Carolina University, UNC-Charlotte, and UNC-Wilmington.

Realizing the importance of preventive maintenance in the University's utility conservation, water conservation, resource management, and sustainability efforts, the University Utility Conservation & Awareness Committee recognizes the significance of this accomplishment.

Recognition Programs to Recognize Efforts by the University Community to Reduce Energy Consumption, Conserve Natural Resources, and Protect the Environment

The University Utility Conservation & Awareness Committee has initiated the following programs to promote efforts to reduce energy consumption, conserve natural resources, and protect the environment in the University Community by individuals, departments, and units:

Recommendation to ITCS

Based on an ANALYSIS of electrical consumption of Dell computers conducted by Andy Yakim, Greenville Utilities Energy Services Supervisor, the Utility Conservation Committee (UCC) recognized potential cost savings of shutting down systems, including monitors and peripherals, completely every night. The analysis estimated potential savings per system of $31.21 per year which translates into $156,050 of electricity expense (excluding air conditioning costs) to operate 5,000 computer units.

In January 2002, the UCC recommended that Information Technology and Computing Services (ITCS) reconsider their policy outlined in the June 3, 2001, Announce message. In the June 2001 Announce MESSAGE, ITCS recommended enabling the "power management" feature on University computers and shutting down systems, including monitors and peripherals, completely over weekends, vacations, or holidays. ITCS agreed with the recommendation and updated information on the web to reflect the change in policy that computers, including monitors and peripherals, should be shutdown every night.

University personnel should enable "power management" features to conserve energy when computers are idle during work times. ITCS provides INSTRUCTIONS to assist with the implementation of the "power management" feature. ITCS outlines several STEPS to minimize power usage of computers. As needed, network administrators will instruct University personnel to keep computers on during non-work times for routine maintenance via the network.

ECU Environmental Sustainability Report

The University's steps towards environmental sustainability are outlined in the ECU Environmental Sustainability Report. Please direct questions and comments to the University's Environmental Manager, Tom Pohlman.

Task Force for Campus Resource Allocation

The Task Force on Campus Resource Allocation is charged with advising the Chancellor and his Cabinet on strategies to be taken in response to the 2001-2002 financial challenges facing the University. To keep the University Community informed about it's progress, the Task Force has established a WEB SITE. The web site contains the charge of the Task Force, agendas, minutes, current suggestions, and other related information. SUGGESTIONS may be forwarded to the Task Force.

MONEY SAVING TIPS from Greenville Utilities

Greenville Utilities estimates that heating and cooling costs represent 60% of your total energy bill. Greenville Utilities provides ANSWERS to frequently asked heating and insulation questions.

Greenville Utilities has compiled a GUIDE to energy terms and definitions.

Many people may wonder how much it actually costs to run an appliance, stereo, or fan. Greenville Utilities has compiled a LIST of common household appliances, the amount of usage and electric and/or natural gas costs associated with each appliance.

Energy Conservation Tips


Myth: Washing your hands with hot water kills germs.
Fact: Your hands could not stand water hot enough to kill all the germs. Cold or hot water is just as effective when using an anti-bacterial soap. Using cold water saves energy.

Myth: Using screensavers not only saves monitor life, but saves energy as well.
Fact: The service life of computer monitors manufactured over the past few years is not effected by the use of screensavers. Most monitors have an energy saving feature which "powers down " the monitor when the computer is inactive after a specified period of time (ie. 15 minutes). Those screensavers which periodically access the hard drive to run, actually prevent the monitor from going into the energy saving mode.

updated/ 04/01/09

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