To comply with recent federal regulations, many college campuses are interested in cutting costs and implementing an environmentally friendly light infrastructure and Wayne State is no exception. Energy conservation is important but so is light quality, nobody wants to be studying in the dark! Luckily, current energy technology allows to cut costs and become more sustainable by updating the lighting fixtures to newer, more efficient LED technology. The traditional T12 fluorescent lamps and ballasts are being phased out of production and replaced by the newer and better LED lamps. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, $38 Billion a year is spent on electricity costs for lighting alone in commercial buildings. Wayne State has an annual electricity bill of roughly $13 million and is looking to reduce this number
The university is changing the fluorescent bulbs in targeted buildings including Matthaei, Shapero Hall, Biological Sciences, Community Arts, Prentis, the Computing Center, Engineering, Life Sciences, Science Hall, the Welcome Center and Lande. The simple step of replacing an older fluorescent tube with a high-efficiency tube will generate a projected annual savings of $620,000 in these buildings. Importantly, 5,216 metric tons of carbon dioxide, 24 metric tons of sulphur dioxide, and nine metric tons of nitrogen dioxide will not enter the atmosphere. This is equivalent to one of the following:
- 5,973 acres of forest not being cut down, or
- 16,668 barrels of oil not being burned, or
- 1,560 automobiles removed from the road for one year, or
- 39 railcars of coal not being burned.