Electrical Efficiency

one of the many light sensors placed in our buildings, both new and old, to minimize wasted energy.

One of the many occupancy/motion sensors placed in our buildings, both new and old, to minimize wasted energy.

Electrical efficiency has been a point of concern for UW-L long before sustainability was on everyone’s mind, simply because from a financial standpoint, energy conservation and electrical efficiency just make sense. We do not generate our own electricity on campus, but we try to efficiently use what we consume.  

UW-L’s newest two buildings, Centennial Hall and a residence hall, have been designed to be at least 30% more efficient than commercial code. Lighting is a key part in achieving this efficiency. Most people don’t realize that lighting can be a large portion of electrical use. To minimize energy consumption, high efficiency fluorescent bulbs will be placed in both buildings. The 5,000K bulbs called for in design plans look more like natural daylight and are able to use less wattage than other fluorescents. Both buildings have been designed to allow as much natural light as possible with consideration to the heating and cooling effects of day lighting.