why to save energy

A primer for energy conservation

Least-Cost Strategy

Energy conservation has been called the "least-cost" energy strategy, and for good reason. At Penn State, energy conservation measures are avoiding in excess of $700,000 in energy costs annually.

Energy conservation does more than just save money. It reduces environmental and social costs as well.

Energy conservation mitigates the numerous adverse environmental and social impacts associated with energy production and consumption. These include air pollution, acid rain and global warming, oil spills and water pollution, loss of wilderness areas, construction of new power plants, foreign energy dependence and the risk of international conflict over energy supplies.

Energy conservation extends the lifetime of equipment and reduces the maintenance cost by operating less hours and at less than maximum capacity. All equipment is rated to operate for a number of hours in its lifetime. Equipment that is operated for 8 hours a day will last three times longer than equipment that is operated for 24 hours a day.

"But I don't pay the bill, why should I care?"

You should care because it does cost you money, you do pay the bill.

Students that attend the university pay 5% of their annual tuition toward purchasing energy. For students that live on campus, they pay an additional 25% of their housing and food bill toward purchasing energy.

Facility and Staff pay the bill too. Higher energy costs leave less money for research projects, salary increases, and benefits.

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