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  May 15, 2000

Energy Efficient Steps Reduce Costs

Energy efficient measures installed at the University will result in lower operating costs and an annual reduction of 1.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity use.

The University began installing energy saving devices through Connecticut Light and Power Co.'s Energy Action Program, after conducting an extensive energy analysis, beginning in 1996. CL&P last month presented the University with a check for $429,000, as part of the incentive program.

Energy saving measures have included installing lighting controls at Gampel Pavilion and upgrading the technology used in the heating and cooling systems throughout the Storrs campus.

The largest single savings was realized when a computerized energy management system was installed. The control points allow facilities staff to monitor building temperatures from a central location and make adjustments when changes are needed without traveling to the building itself.