Water conservation, lighting upgrades, and changes to heating and air conditioning systems are all part of the changes administrators at Lynchburg College will soon introduce to help lower annual energy bills. The improvements will cost $4.65 million and decrease the college’s energy costs by $583,000 annually. Lynchburg believes that it will recoup its investment for the upgrades in about eight years.
The energy improvements were approved after a campus-wide audit was conducted to determine how energy could be saved. It is estimated that the project will reduce carbon dioxide output in the amount of 5,348 metric tons per year – equal to planting 1,215 acres of trees per year; saving 607,000 gallons of gasoline; or powering 741 homes annually. For more information, go to: http://www.lynchburg.edu/x23089.xml