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VTC Cuts $41K From Power Bill

Randolph — A yearlong effort to save electricity at Vermont Technical College by using special power strips, turning out lights in empty rooms, and other measures reduced power consumption about 5 percent and saved the school about $40,500 in electric bills, officials said yesterday.

The power savings was enough to power a laptop computer for 1,000 years.

Students also were encouraged to get energy efficient mini-refrigerators and there were competitions among dormitories to see which one could reduce the power consumption of their buildings the most.

The school Thursday highlighted the progress in saving power it had made at the main campus in Randolph and another in Williston. The project was funded with help from a $40,000 grant from IBM’s Vermont operation and a $4,900 grant from Efficiency Vermont. Dozens of additional projects are in the works and officials are hoping the savings will continue.