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Final Proposal

Ad Hoc Energy Committee
Chair: Dr. Ronald Reigner
Proposal for the President’s Advisory Council


“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”  - from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy

Technological Considerations
IT Entities will be held responsible to provide short and long-term conservation recommendations to PAC - Chris Huff has volunteered to lead this effort.  See attached ITL Proposal. 

Estimated annual savings of $1,248.44 for every 100 computers shut off nightly

We know that we can save “real dollars” from shutting down computers at night.  Based on the current projections, we could have savings in the neighborhood of $ 50,000 if we move rapidly to change our protocols. 

Work & Building Schedule Considerations
Immediate Action

  • Flex Scheduling - Review possibility of flex scheduling per department
Estimated monthly savings of $19,300 for 4 day week during heating season
  • Weekend Scheduling - Limit the number of buildings used for Saturday classes and auxiliary functions

  • Summer Scheduling - Review option of a 4 or a 4 ½ day week during the summer schedule across the university (keep many buildings shut down on Fridays – maybe consolidate some portion of staff into a central location to keep each individual buildings from being “on”)
Estimated monthly savings of $25,415 for 4 day week during cooling season

Future Consideration/Implementation
  • Telecommuting - Evaluate telecommuting when possible with the understanding that a number of technology adaptations and cross-training will be required to continue level of service provided by individuals working off-campus

  • State-wide Schedule Changes - Look to leadership from the BOR in terms of higher-ed scheduling across Georgia
Class Schedule Considerations
Review and possible implementation of multiple Distance Learning options

Immediate Action
  • Summer Scheduling - Review option of a 4 or a 4 ½ day class schedule during the summer
Future Consideration/Implementation
  • On-line Classes -  Determine which instructional activities can be done on-line or at our satellite campus in Newnan

  • Graduate Program - Reduction in graduate level classroom meetings (longer class periods that meet less often)
Utility Cost Considerations

Immediate Action
  • Building Temperatures - Manage building temperature set-points using federal government recommended guidelines for heating and cooling (68 degrees in the winter, 78 degrees in the summer) for up to a 5% (dollar) savings per 1 degree change in set-points

We estimate that with the set points listed above we can save $ 125,000.


Changing the set-points for heating should produce savings in the neighborhood of $50,000-$75,000 if we are aggressive in making the changes immediately; conducting additional checks of our equipment insuring that the equipment is functioning properly (we are not wasting energy); and reducing our night set backs and weekend set backs accordingly

  • HVAC Scheduling – Manage HVAC scheduling to better match the building needs and optimize energy usage

  • “Peak Hour” Usage / Load Shedding - Manage class and building schedules to minimize “peak hour” energy use

  • Light Sensors – Add light sensors in bathrooms

Cost to add light sensors is $65.80 each

A recent study was conducted by NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) concerning “Demand Reduction and Energy Savings Using Occupancy Sensors.” The following chart highlights potential savings from retrofitting various types of typical office space with occupancy sensors.


Time delay

Daytime average energy demand savings




Break Room

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Conference Room

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41 %


20 – min


Private Office

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NOTE:  We have installed the restroom sensors in Aycock Hall, and they work.
  • Refrigerators - Review and possible reform of policies regarding refrigerator use on a per department/building basis
Estimated annual savings of $3900.00 for every 100 refrigerators removed
  • Hot Water Boilers - Check temperatures of hot water boilers for possible reductions

  • Space Heaters – Space heaters will not be authorized for use unless building temperatures cannot be maintained at minimum of 68 degrees
Estimated annual savings of $13,200.00 for every 100 space heaters removed

Future Consideration/Implementation

  • Water Usage - Review and possibly revise policies regarding water use and quantity issues – possible drilling of more wells for irrigation, continue with the State mandated installation of low-flow fixtures for showers, toilets, etc.

  • Utility Metering - Review possibility of metering utility usage in Residence Halls

  • Alternative Energy – Research and future consideration of alternative energy sources (wind, solar, etc.)

Conservation Education

Develop a campus-wide conservation and education program to inform students, faculty, and staff about the need to make wise decisions regarding energy usage.

Immediate Action
  • Individual Focus - Tap into personal altruism and sense of valuing the earth and its resources

  • Campus Focus - Educate students/faculty/staff regarding energy payback “earned” from shutting off lights and computers, etc.
Future Consideration/Implementation
  • Student Involvement – Give various classes (Marketing, Business, etc.) a project assignment involving the planning of marketing/implementation for a campus-wide education program on conservation

  • Residence Life – Charge Residence Life department with developing ways to encourage conservation (contests, incentives, etc.)

Immediate Action
  • Shuttle Buses - Evaluate and reduce gasoline/diesel costs on campus-wide shuttle service related to ridership

  • Campus Deliveries - Consolidate all campus deliveries and pick-ups when possible

  • Police Patrol - Utilize more foot and bicycle patrol

  • Facilities Fuel Usage - Continue reduction in gasoline usage, and determine a target to be met for a percentage reduction in future gasoline usage.
Future Consideration/Implementation
  • Teleconferencing - Consider teleconferencing versus attending workshops/seminars, etc.

Immediate Action

  • Current Energy Usage - Determine how current bills will be paid:

    • Look to the State for relief

    • Employ institutional strategies to defer costs

    • Possibly reduce department budgets commensurately to offset the $400,000 shortfall we expect – allows the cost to be distributed over the entire University
Next Steps

Continued efforts will be pursued campus-wide for ongoing energy conservation.

Immediate Action

  • Department Input - Campus Planning & Facilities will undertake the following efforts to address conservation measures on a constant basis:

    • Targeted cost avoidance savings of 10-15% on an annual basis

    • Continued research of energy trends, conservation ideas, etc.

    • Continued discussions with UWG’s major suppliers to get usage projections

    • Develop Quarterly Report to be presented to PAC and posted on CP&F website

  • Individual Input - The Campus Planning & Facilities website will include a message board for the submission of questions/ideas on energy conservation on campus.  This arena provides Faculty/students/staff the opportunity to give continued input.


When considering these proposed changes, please note that the greatest opportunity for immediate energy conservation and monetary savings lies in the following measures:

  • the adoption of the federal government’s standards for building temperature set-points

  • the review of all Summer and Weekend building operation schedules

  • an education program addressing conservation campus-wide

Therefore, the committee requests the immediate implementation of these three measures along with your consideration of all other measures suggested in this proposal. Our expectation, through the use of comprehensive conservation measures, is that we can show a 10-15% savings in cost avoidance.

See:  *101 Energy-Saving Ideas: A Guide for Facilities Professionals in Commercial and Institutional Buildings from Georgia Power Company (1994).

Respectfully submitted

Ron Reigner, Chair

Committee Members

Dr. Ron Reigner, Curriculum & Instruction
Trey Young, Landscape & Grounds
Nina Saxon, Human Resources
Terri Rubino, Human Resources
Thomas Mackel, Public Safety
Nancy Lott, Dean’s Office RCOB
Mike Renfrow, Campus Planning & Facilities
Mark Reeves, Auxiliary Enterprises
Linda Picklesimer, Student Activities
Lynn Agan, Campus Planning & Development
Lauren Kania, Student Government Association
Kathleen Wagstaff, Communication & Marketing
Kathleen Kral, Information Technology Services
Dr. John Clower, Residence Life
Christopher Huff, Library
Dr. David Bush, Geosciences
Bill Gauthier, Business & Finance
Dr. Andrew Luna, Institutional Research & Planning