Every year through the E+ Program, UMass Amherst designates millions of dollars for campus energy conservation projects that upgrade or replace inefficient physical structures and technologies on campus. The energy conservation project is designed to act as a payback system where the annual savings pay for the initial cost of the project within seven years. After the initial payback period projects continue to reduce utility costs.
Since 2010, the campus has invested approximately $3.7 million annually in energy cost reduction. This energy reduction work has included lighting & HVAC occupancy control installations, steam distribution line replacements, LED traffic light conversions, chilled water line installations, high efficiency electric motor replacements, and building controls retrocommissioning. This has significantly reduced energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions on campus and increased the reliability of the campus’s utility systems.