NMSU’s Housing and Residential Life to receive $88,000 rebate for energy efficiencies

August 28, 2009 by Louie Calderon NMSU NewsCenter

In the past three years, New Mexico State University’s Housing and Residential Life has made several moves toward sustainability. The latest is scrapping old, energy-wasting appliances and bringing in new, more energy-efficient models – a move that has earned NMSU an $88,000 rebate from El Paso Electric Company. The rebate check will be presented to NMSU at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in Hadley Hall Room 130.

NMSU recently installed nearly 300 energy-efficient evaporative air conditioners in student family housing and apartment communities around campus. The upgrades qualified NMSU to receive a rebate through El Paso Electric’s Energy Saver Program. Rebate programs are available to all New Mexico residential and commercial customers of El Paso Electric.

“This is part of a continuing energy-efficient plan that has been in the works for the past three years,” said Julie Weber, director of NMSU’s Housing and Residential Life.

Weber said plans are underway to somehow reinvest the rebate back to the students.

“It’s very beneficial to both El Paso Electric and NMSU,” said Billy Massie, El Paso Electric’s energy efficiency market specialist. “It lessens the energy used and it lessens the load on El Paso Electric system measures.”

To be eligible for the rebate, the cooling systems must be in new or existing residential dwellings.

For Housing and Residential Life, the shift toward being more energy efficient also has included the installation of new stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers at the Vista Del Monte, Cervantes Village, Tom Fort, Sutherland and Cole Village housing areas.

Weber said the changes control university costs, as well as coincide with NMSU’s sustainability efforts.

“About 3,000 energy-efficient appliances have been installed in these areas in the past three years,” said Greg Block, associate director of Housing and Residential Life.

Block said he first learned of the air conditioner rebate program at a meeting between El Paso Electric and NMSU’s Office of Facilities Administration and Services regarding energy efficiency.

“The OFS staff, in collaboration with the housing maintenance staff, installed the air conditioning units from March until about the end of June without a single complaint from any of the residents,” Block said.

Following the check presentation, NMSU Interim President Manuel Pacheco will discuss energy efficiency and a tour will be provided of the residences that received the energy-efficient air conditioners. For more information contact Block at (575) 646-4478.

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