LIMA — The Ohio State University-Lima and Rhodes State College campus earned special recognition for their participation in AEP Ohio’s Continuous Energy Improvement Program instituted to improve energy efficiency.
The program aims to reduce electricity usage by 3 to 5% per year through continuous improvement principles and practices. AEP Ohio incentives program participation with 2 cents per kilowatt hour saved.
Over the course of the year, Lima’s campus saved 488,000 kilowatt hours of energy in comparison to average energy usage from the past three years. Participation also helped save the campus $58,905.28, which will be used for building infrastructure improvements.
Changes made to curb electricity usage included changes in HVAC use schedules, adding occupancy sensors, replacing lights with LEDs and working with students to eliminate space heaters on campus.
“As public institutions serving the people of Ohio, it is our duty to search out and implement best practices that result in the efficient use of our limited natural and fiscal resources and model those best practices,” Dr. Tim Rehner, dean and director at Ohio State-Lima, said in a press release.