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College campuses are conserving more energy

July 15, 2010
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CHAPEL HILL, NC — As North Carolinians deal with the usual July heat wave, universities across the state are reaping the benefits of tighter control of their indoor temperatures, according to The Daily Tar Heel.
This summer, sustainability officers at Duke University and N.C. State University announced policies to regulate indoor temperatures, a policy that UNC-Chapel Hill adopted this time last year, the article stated.
Participating campus buildings at Duke will now be set to 76 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter — an industry standard — to provide the most comfort to the largest amount of people, the article noted.
According to the article, UNC-CH became a leader in temperature control when sustainability officers implemented a campus-wide temperature control program last July: Along with other sustainable practices, temperature regulation saved the university $3.6 million in the last year.
"The big benefit in establishing a temperature standard is that when the temperatures are between a certain range, it''s saying, ''Don''t provide any excess energy. Heating or cooling,''" said Chris Martin, director of energy management at UNC-CH.
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