Energy Use

The University spends about $2.9 million per year on utilities (electricity, heat, and water). Even a 5% reduction in utility costs can save the University over $140,000 annually. In 2011, the University engaged in a contract with McKinstry to begin a series of infrastructure improvements resulting in energy savings. The Sustainability Coordinator helps monitor and review these improvements, promote behavioral changes, and assist Facilities Management identify andimplement additional ways to create energy savings.

Energy Highlights

  • Efficiency upgrades have resulted in $701,269 in energy savings to campus between 2011-2014 (McKinstry 2013 M&V Report and 2014 projected savings),
  • Together, campus electrical and heat weather-adjusted BTU/GSF has decreased 9.7% between 2005-2014 (UW-System annual energy report),
  • As of 2015, all buildings now have digital submeters for heat and electricity, a necessary step for future utility savings,
  • Facilities have been doubling efforts to optimize heating and electricity through improved scheduling and other methods that require no capital investment.
  • Campus produces our own renewable energy (both wind tower (by Southwest/Bridgeway) and solar arrays (on Engineering Hall and Russel Hall)),
  • A greenroof on GWAM further helps conserve energy,
  • 95% of the student body reports that they turn out the lights when not in use, 48% report that they would like campus to be more energy efficient (2015 Campus Sustainability Survey),
  • UW-System policy changes now allow UW-Platteville to retain some energy savings on campus.


Enter Lucid Dashboard - This dashboard takes you to real-time heat and electricity consumption for most campus buildings. It also shows energy produced by our wind tower and solar arrays.

Energy Saving Tips

You can help us reduce our energy consumption by practicing the following on campus:

  • Dress for the weather.
  • Use a fan instead of air conditioning to keep cool.
  • If you do use a window air conditioner, set the temperature no cooler than 72 degrees F and turn it off when you leave.
  • Close doors and windows to help keep heat in or out.
  • Open up the blinds to let in natural light and then turn off the lights.
  • Use table and desktop lamps rather than overhead lighting.
  • Turn off devices when not in use, including computers, monitors, and printers.
  • When washing cloths, use the spin cycle and then hang dry rather than tumble drying.
  • Share appliances (e.g. communal refrigerators and microwaves) whenever possible.
  • Unplug devices when fully charged.

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