Connecticut taxpayers will save $136,061 annually thanks to a lighting system upgrade at Eastern, one of the first projects to be funded by Governor Dannel Malloy's Lead by Example state building energy efficiency program. Administered jointly by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Administrative Services, Lead by Example offers funding and technical assistance to state agencies interested in lowering their energy consumption through energy efficiency upgrades.
Under the program, Eastern will install a control system in the J. Eugene Smith Library that will allow building occupants greater flexibility over lighting -- including occupancy sensors, remote monitoring of lighting and day-lighting strategies -- resulting in a 20 percent reduction in overall electricity consumption.
"We are excited to have been chosen as a pilot project for the State of Connecticut's 'Lead by Example' program," said Nancy Tinker, director of facilities management and planning at Eastern. "Our library is open more than 85 hours a week, so strategies such as occupancy sensors, remote monitoring and taking advantage of daylight will make a big difference in our energy use."