The University of Colorado at Boulder is a major consumer of energy given its size and scale. In fact, the university pays more than $20 million dollars toward the cost of energy on an annual basis.
Now CU is looking to its employees to help cut back on the amount of energy consumed and the cost associated with it.
CU has a program called the Buff Energy Star initiative. Buff Energy Stars scale back on use of energy. Now the university is rewarding building employees who can reduce energy consumption by at least 5 percent compared to the amount used in the previous year.
Now, there are three buildings on the CU campus that have earned the status of Buff energy star – Denison Arts and Sciences building, Koening Alumni Center and the Wolf Law Building. The three buildings saved about 114,300 kilowatt hours of energy. That savings alone could power 10 homes for about a year.
CU plans to award the proctors of energy for the buildings a one-time bonus of $1,000 for their efforts.
Since the Buff Energy Star program started, over 3 million kilowatt hours have been saved, amounting to $312,000. The program started in 2004.