OSU Energy Program Nets $20 Million In Savings

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A program designed to cut energy consumption has saved Oklahoma State University $20 million over the past five years, university officials said.

The program, launched in 2007, relies heavily on behavioral changes by students and university employees, including simple changes such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms.

The university also has installed energy-efficient lights, replaced outdated equipment and has begun shutting equipment down at night.

OSU President Burns Hargis made the announcement last week at a meeting of the board of regents for OSU and the A&M Colleges. Hargis said the program frees up money that had been devoted to utilities.

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