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Vt. Tech: Small steps cut power bill by $41K

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013

RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) — A yearlong effort to save electricity at Vermont Technical College by using special power strips, turning out lights in empty rooms, and other measures reduced power consumption about 5 percent and saved the school about $40,500 in electric bills, officials said Thursday.

The power savings was enough to power a laptop computer for 1,000 years.

Students also were encouraged to get energy efficient mini-refrigerators and there were competitions among dormitories to see which one could reduce the power consumption of their buildings the most.

The school Thursday highlighted the progress in saving power it had made at the main campus in Randolph and another in Williston. The project was funded with help from a $40,000 grant from IBM's Vermont operation and a $4,900 grant from Efficiency Vermont.

"We had a lot of really interesting ideas that were coming in from, just like faculty and staff members who were requesting that we come into their offices and remove unnecessary light bulbs," said Littleton Tyler, Vermont Tech's director of Institutional Research.

"There was a lot of interest in retrofitting bathrooms with motion sensors lights and a lot of ideas related to what people were seeing in front of them," said Tyler, who is also known as "data guy" and who helped measure the results.

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