Weber State University is dedicated to energy efficiency and reducing energy costs. Sourcing sustainable energy and electricity-reducing maintenance techniques help the University to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
What We've Done
- In August 2020, Weber finished construction on the solar panel covered parking in the W10 lot. This solar arry provides 80% of the Lindquist Hall's energy needs as well as providing covered parking for students.
- A massive geothermal heat exchange field, consisting of 150 wells drilled 425 feet deep into the northwest part of campus, supplements all of Lindquist Hall's heating and cooling needs.
- The Energy and Sustainability Office finished exchanging every exterior lightbulb on campus for an energy efficient LED bulb, and motion sensors with timers have been installed in several buildings to help Weber save electricity on lighting.
What You Can Do
- Just like here at Weber, you can replace the incandescent light bulbs in your home with LED bulbs to reduce electricity usage and save you money.
- Open the blinds and shades on your windows to let the natural light from the sun into your home instead of turning lights on. This will save you money and will reduce electricity use! See the renter's guide to energy savings for more tips and tricks.
- Install a heat pump in your home. Heat pumps are the most efficient way to heat and cool your home, and they can reduce your electricity use for heating by almost 50% in comparison to electric resistance heating. While the upfront cost for heat pumps is higher, the energy savings will pay for the cost.
- Consider sourcing your energy from renewable resources through programs such as Blue Sky or Subscriber Solar, or through the installation of solar panels on your home. Prices for renewable energy have rapidly declined, making them an affordable option for many.