By: Karrie Leggett
HATTIESBURG, MS(WDAM)- Southern Miss has a task of reducing its energy consumption 30 percent by 2015.
Rusty Postlewate, Director of the Physical Plant at Southern Miss says the reduction will be more than just power reduction. "Well, its total energy reduction which is going to be power as well as natural gas," said Postlewate.
The reduction in energy is an attempt to minimize the impact budget cuts have on universities and its students. Postlewate says that will also require understanding from the students.
"Knowing that we are going to be doing some of these things like the night set backs, and maybe in the summer time the temperatures will be a degree or two warmer. In the winter time a degree or two cooler, to really reduce the energy usage. So, the biggest thing we are going to be asking for is just understanding and cooperation of the real benefit that enduring that is going to be," said Postlewate.
Air handlers are one of the key components in reducing energy consumption on Southern's Miss campus.
"We are starting out with some simple things like simply putting time clocks on some of the mechanical equipment to shut it off at night time. We are doing some thing like occupancy sensors in buildings for lights, to shut lights off in class rooms and hallways if nobody is there. We are doing a lot of programmable thermostats in some buildings that we have, so it will automatically set them back at night. What we are trying to do is just reduce the waste," said Postlewate.
Postlewate says that the university will try to go beyond 30 percent in energy cutbacks if they can.