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Energy Conservation Challenge

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February 27- March 26

Last month, residence halls competed against themselves to reduce the amount of energy they used the previous month. You are all winners! Every residence hall successfully reduced their energy usage from the previous month. See the standings below. Everglades Hall is the proud winner of a trophy and a pizza party! 

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Special thanks goes to Florida City Gas for sponsoring this friendly competition!

FIU purchases the majority of its electricity from Florida Power and Light. FPL is the largest electrical utility company in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL uses a variety of fuel sources in the state of Florida including nuclear, coal, natural gas, oil, purchased power, and renewable energy such as solar. FIU also purchases Natural Gas and Liquid Propane Gas from Florida City Gas for use on campus. There is a solar photovoltaic array on top of the SIPA building that provides a portion of that building's energy needs. 

#1 in Energy Conservation

FIU is proud to be #1 in energy efficiency out of all the Florida State University System Institutions! FIU has achieved this honor eight years in a row. This achievement has been reached through energy conservation measures and efficiency upgrades that the FIU Facilities Management Department has made on campus. In 2012, Facilities Management adopted a 5 Year Energy Conservation Plan with the goal of reducing the University's energy consumption by phasing out outdated technologies, implementing energy usage restrictions, and increasing dependence on renewable energy resources. Also, all new building on campus are a minimum of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified which means they are more energy efficient as well as environmentally friendly. 

“The best single metric for energy efficiency is KBTU/sf - the Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) used by the EPA in its Energy Star rating program.  It measures energy consumption & focuses precisely on what we can control – consumption.  It removes utilities rates (which are also important, but not under our control), and normalizes for growth.  Based on that metric, FIU has achieved an enviable record of excellence. Energy never used is the cleanest, greenest, and most renewable of all energy sources.” - John Cal, Associate Vice President Facilities Management

Engineering Center Solar Array

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In April 2016 FIU and FPL unveiled a new commercial-scale solar installation at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing – the only solar research facility of its kind that FPL has installed at a Florida university. The 1.4-megawatt solar array is comprised of more than 4,400 solar panels on canopy-like structures that provide clean electricity to FPL’s grid and shade for about 400 parking spaces. Engineering faculty and students from the Energy, Power & Sustainability (EPS) program will use the solar installation to conduct important research that will help FPL advance solar energy in the state.

View University energy usage by building.

View the State University System energy preformance report

Check out these energy saving tips:

Change your lightbulbs. Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) and LED lightbulbs can drastically cut energy consumption and don't give off as much heat as a traditional incandescent lightbulb.
Turn off your lights when not in use. Turn off lights when areas are unoccupied, especially in common spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. 
Use natural daylight. Take advantage of a sunny day by studying with the blinds open and using the sun instead of over-head lights.
Turn off your electronics when not in use. Unplug electronics from the wall when they are not in use, especially those that are rarely used.  Many appliances continue to draw power even when they are turned off.  
Use a power strip. Not only will it help protect your electronics during a power surge, but makes it easy to turn off multiple electronics all at once!
Take a shorter shower. A ten-minute shower uses approximately 3000 watts of energy to heat the water. Also consider taking a cooler shower.
Change settings on your electronics. Change the settings on your electronics to go into sleep mode sooner or turn down the brightness to save energy.
Close your blinds during the hottest time of day. If you're not going to be in your room during the hottest time of day, close your blinds to keep the heat out and the cool in.
Take the stairs. Instead of using the elevator, take the stairs. You'll save energy and get some exercise. The average office elevator consumes 350 watts of electricity to travel from one floor to the next, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior.