UNH Launches Initiative To
Boost Energy Efficient Student Housing
Office of Sustainability’s
WildCAP Partners with Houghton ACE Hardware, Best Buy in Portsmouth
for Discounts on ENERGY STAR Products
Contact: Beth Potier
UNH Media Relations
Aug. 26, 2005
DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire’s Office of
Sustainability Programs is offering a new initiative that makes
it easier for students to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, one light
bulb or mini-fridge at a time.
Through WildCAP, a campus-wide climate action program that aims
to increase UNH’s energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse
gas emissions, students can purchase certified ENERGY STAR products
at a discount at two local retail partners.
“As students set up their dorm rooms and apartments, we hope
they’ll make energy-efficient choices in lighting and other
electronics, and that those choices will stay with them beyond college,”
says Crescentia True, associate director of UNH’s Office of
Sustainability Programs. “By offering discounts on ENERGY
STAR products, Houghton ACE Hardware here in Durham and Best Buy
in Portsmouth are helping students reduce greenhouse gases while
we increase their awareness about energy consumption, climate change
and how easily they can make a difference.”
Houghton ACE Hardware (off Main Street in Durham and in Lee and
Newmarket) offers a wide range of ENERGY STAR products, including
popular holiday string lights, and a 50 percent discount on GE 17W
spiral compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). CFLs use 75 percent
less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer. The
Office of Sustainability calculates that if every dorm room at UNH
replaced just one incandescent bulb with a CFL, the total annual
energy savings would be equivalent to taking 23 cars off the road.
At Best Buy in Portsmouth, students can purchase ENERGY STAR products
– refrigerators, laptops and printers, televisions and stereos
– at a five percent discount. ENERGY STAR computers use 70
percent less energy than computers without enabled power management
features. Compact refrigerators, a popular dorm room appliance,
offer huge efficiency opportunities; if every dorm room at UNH switched
to using an ENERGY STAR compact refrigerator, annual energy savings
would be more than $23,000.
For more energy-saving ideas, tour WildCAP’s virtual energy
efficient dorm room at http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/climate_ed/wildcap/virtual_dorm.html.
WildCAP is a project of UNH’s Climate Education Initiative
(CEI), a university-wide effort coordinated by the Office of Sustainability
to maintain UNH’s national leadership as a Climate Protection
Campus: a campus that continuously reduces emissions and saves money
through conservation, energy independence and education. WildCAP
is the latest program in a broad-based effort.
For more information on WildCAP, call Crescentia True at 603-862-0172
or go to the Sustainability web site at http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/climate_ed/wildcap/index.html
for additional information including a Best Buy WildCAP shopping
list and delivery information.