“Incandescent bulbs use more energy and produce more heat due to their engineering designs,” says Paul Foote, energy efficiency and conservation specialist at the University of Illinois
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Lighting Conservation Projects (Ongoing)
Recent Project Updates
The campus is in the process of retrofitting older T12 fluorescent lighting fixtures by replacing them with more energy-efficient T8 (or T5) fixtures and electronic ballasts.
Building-Level Energy Efficiency
- Weatherization of Small Campus Buildings
- Plant Sciences Window Shades
- Building Envelope Pilot Project
- Convert Fume Hoods from CAV to VAV
- Energy Models for Campus Facilities
- Energy-Efficient HVAC Infection Control
- Graduate Dance Space
- LEED Certification
- Reduce Active Fume Hoods
- Lighting Conservation Projects
- ECE Net-Zero Energy Building
- Facility Standards
Lighting is responsible for less than 10% of the campus energy demand, yet it is the most visible and actionable energy conservation effort available to everyone. Like you turn off your lights when you leave a room at home, the University is seeking to turn off lights when rooms are unoccupied, and reduce energy consumption from lamps throughout campus. These efforts include replacing incandescent lamps with LEDs or flourescent lamps, installing occupancy and daylight sensors, and encouraging sustainable behaviors.
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