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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

Dozens of additional projects are in the works and officials are hoping the savings will continue.

Mary Powell, president of Vermont's largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power, said, "This is what we see as the future in our partnerships with customers."

Green Mountain provides electricity to Vermont Tech and participated in the project.

Blaine Conner, 22, of Chelsea, a design student who plans to graduate later this year, said that knowing the school was working on the power-saving project made him focus more on saving energy.

"It was a great way for me as a student to know the school was looking at these issues," he said, and his personal effort was part an organized campaign to save energy.

The project was part of IBM's 100th anniversary observance. Officials with IBM's Vermont operation invested more than 900 hours to bring the technical and managerial skills to the project.

In addition, IBM collaborated with the Howard Center, Vermont's largest human services organization, GMP and other groups.