Representatives from Entergy and CLEAResult, an Austin, Texas-based company that helped PTC identify energy efficient upgrades, presented a check to college officials Wednesday, Jan. 22, on the PTC Main Campus.
"Encouraging our customers to use electric energy efficiently is good for business and good for the environment," said Richard Smith, Entergy Arkansas' manager of Utility Business Development & Support. "It makes electricity bills more affordable and is a key component in our long-term strategy for meeting customer demand for electricity."
The upgrades also are helping the college meet energy reduction goals established by Act 1494.
The upgrades at Pulaski Tech's Little Rock-West site would have cost $70,000, but the PTC physical plant staff did the work themselves at a cost of $23,000. They saved another $3,000 by recycling the medal in the old bulbs.
The upgrades included:
- Replacing 432 of the old 2-by-4-foot, T12 florescent light fixtures with more efficient T8 lighting
- Installing 70 time-delay, motion sensor lights throughout Little Rock-West, so that lights automatically shut off in unoccupied rooms
- Installing seven-day programmable thermostats on the air-conditioning units
- Insulating all lowside air-conditioning lines to improve efficiency
- Replacing exterior wall lighting with high-efficient LED lighting
- Adding controls on vending machines so lights shut off in periods of downtime
Similar improvements will be made this spring and summer to the Saline County
Career Center, and the college hopes to receive a similar rebate once the work