Contact: Vice President for Administrative Services, Dean Froehlich - 208/792-2240; Director, Physical Plant, Scott Brown - 208/792-2247; Director, Information Technology, Carmen Rahm - 208/792-2247
LCSC Focuses on Energy Conservation Cost Savings
Money's tight and Lewis-Clark State is looking closely at the substantial
savings to be found in energy conservation. A recent State of Idaho 2% across-the-board
budget cut, the likelihood of another rate increase from Avista Utilities, and plunging
state revenues have LCSC's administration searching high and low for effective
LC's Information Technology department came up with some surprising figures when they looked for cost-savings related to computing equipment. Using a utility company model for energy consumption and LSCS's electric rates, they calculated potential savings available through smart use of personal computing equipment across campus. A look at those numbers showed that a substantial amount could be saved if everyone makes an effort to turn off equipment not in use.
Information Technology Director, Carmen Rahm offered the following
examples: "A personal computer and color monitor each cost $48.12 to run, if they're
left on 24 hours a day, all year long. Multiply that times the number of computers and
monitors on campus and the annual cost adds up to $94,696." That's a figure many on
campus will find startling--especially when viewed next to the simplicity of minimizing
it. "If they're on only 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, that annual cost drops to
$34,000; a savings of over $60,876," Rahm continued. Simply turning things off,
rather than leaving them on (even in standby mode) can amount to significant savings.
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