Virginia Tech significantly cut energy consumption and saved $142,000 by reducing heating and electrical usage during the winter break, a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to an estimated 1,660 tons.

The university’s Facilities Department lowered temperatures for all or parts of 46 buildings on campus from Dec. 23, 2016, to Jan. 16, 2017. In addition, the university community was asked to turn off lights, computers, and other electrical devices during the break.

“Closing campus and reducing electric and heating and air conditioning load in campus buildings represents a relatively low-cost and pain-free way to reduce both our energy costs and our carbon footprint, while at the same time providing Virginia Tech employees more time to spend with their families during the holiday season,” said Ruben Avagyan, campus energy manager.

The Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment, which was reaffirmed in 2013, commits Virginia Tech to reducing carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 and to improving energy efficiency where and whenever possible in campus buildings.

Learn more about winter energy savings tips on the Virginia Tech Electric Service website.

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