Large-scale Conservation Projects

State Energy Projects (SEPs)

For energy conservation and renewable energy projects the Oregon Department of Energy offers tax credits to help businesses (and institutions like OSU) pay for costs. Fortunately, these types of projects pay for themselves over time as a result of the energy savings they generate. With financial assistance from the State we have been able to implement some exciting upgrades. In Peavy Hall, 1207 T12 fluorescent fixtures were retrofitted to T8 resulting in over $13,000 in annual savings. Kerr experienced the same retrofit of almost 1500 fixtures resulting in over $20,000 in annual savings.

Recently, Glumac Engineering performed an ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit on the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The audit found over $31,000 of annual savings in energy conservation measures that were then implemented. This including installing occupancy sensors, CO2 sensors, and nighttime temperature setback controls.

While the Energy Center is a green building, the state-of-the-art equipment it houses will provide significant energy and water savings. Coming online in 2008 and 2009, the Energy Center will replace the existing heat plant on the west side of campus.

Small-scale Conservation Projects

Request a Free Smart Power Strip

Help promote energy conservation at OSU! Add a smart power strip to your OSU office, lunch room, or laboratory setting and save energy that would otherwise be wasted powering items on standby or forgotten items. Smart power strips have two components that make them different than regular power strips: an occupancy sensor to detect human movement and a unique control plug to sense power increases when something like a TV or computer is turned on.  When the control outlet senses a decrease in power output or the motion sensor does not detect motion for 30 minutes, the switched outlets are powered off.  




The Sustainability Office has a limited supply of TrickleStar model 183SS-US-8XX smart powerstrips available for distribution to faculty and staff for office/lab use at OSU. The primary purpose of this distribution is to lower our campus' total energy consumption and carbon footprint. All you have to do is fill out the Online Request Form! 

TS1301 - 8 Outlet Motion Sensor PowerStrip, 1080 J, 4ft cord (183SS-US-8XX)

Heat Pump Hot Water Heater

Air-source heat pump hot water heaters are beginning to replace our old electric resistance hot water heaters on campus. Many hot water heaters are located in mechanical rooms which contain HVAC equipment and steam pipes. The heat created by these systems makes the rooms ideal for air-source heat pump hot water heaters, because they are able to transfer the heat in the room to water which used throughout the building. Currently our office is in the process of installing a heat pump water heater in Gilmore. 

Incandescent lamp replacement

Do you have an incandescent lamp in an overhead fixture or desk lamp in your office? Like the light but hate the inefficiency? Then the Sustainability Office has an offer for you: we will provide a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) free of charge if it replaces an incandescent lamp and stays on campus. Not only do CFLs use just 25% of the energy, they also last ten times as long as incandescents, meaning fewer annoying bulb change-outs. Many of the old problems of flicker, hum, 'cold' white light and slow start times have been fixed. There are a variety of wattages to chose from, contact us today and make your lighting more efficient!

OSU is also actively changing out incandescent lamps with CFLs in common spaces such as hallways, stairwells and restrooms. The savings can be significant: by changing all the incandescent lamps in the hallways and stairwells of Milam Hall to CFLs, total energy savings are near $2,000 annually.

As well, many exit signs in buildings have been upgraded to use LEDs (light emitting diodes). LEDs use 1/25th of the energy of incandescents and are rated to last 130,000 hours, compared with 10,000 for CFLs and 1,000 for incandescents.

Your help is invaluable in locating incandescent lamps. If you see an incandescent lamp you think should be replaced, please let us know.

Outdoor lighting fine-tuning

One of the most visible signs of energy inefficiency is outdoor lighting that is on during dawn, daylight or dusk. A covered or dirty photo sensor or incorrectly set timer will keep these lights on during times they shouldn't be. We are always looking for outside lights improperly controlled.

Tell us about incorrect timing of outdoor lighting, including if a light fails at night which could create a safety issue.