Any luxury home built today is likely to include energy-efficient appliances, and homeowners across the country are looking to upgrade to them for reasons of both cost and eco-morality. The Colleges, home to nearly 2,000 residents, has vowed to be no different.
Buildings and Grounds recently purchased eco-friendly appliances that will reduce the level of greenhouse gases (those responsible for global warming) created here. The move is part of an effort to support Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ commitment to address issues of global warming on campus.
“In our hard work to help the campus’ green effort, we now have included in our standard operating procedures the purchase of Energy Star Certified (ESC) appliances,” says Steve Spychalski, purchasing manager.
Whether it’s a dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, freezer, clothes washer or dryer, the Colleges new minimum standard is ESC. A compliant dishwasher can save more than $30 per year in utility costs versus a unit produced in the 1990’s, as well as using 40 percent less energy than the federal minimum standard. ESC refrigerator models use at least 15 percent less energy than required by the current federal standard and 40 percent less than conventional models sold in 2001.
“The buzz is that if just one in 10 homes used ECS appliances, the change would be like planting 1.7 million new acres of trees.”
Buildings and Grounds is determined to make a noticeable impact many years into the Colleges’ future and is working with the Green Team and the President’s Climate Commitment Task Force.
“We’re always looking for ways to reduce the campus’ carbon emissions, which includes employee transportation, general energy consumption and switching to green products for our cleaning chemicals,” said Scott Woodworth assistant director of Buildings and Grounds.