NEW energy-monitoring devices have been installed across Wrexham’s university campus as part of a drive to dramatically cut its energy costs.
Glyndwr University increased the number of electricity monitoring meters on its Wrexham campus from three to 70 to aid a campaign to reduce energy expenditure by at least 20% over the next 12 months.
Energy usage data being collected by the devices will be on show to staff when the university launches the initiative at a Sustainability Day next month.
Derek Jones, sustainability co-ordinator at Glyndwr University, said: “The aim of the Sustainability Day will be shock tactics – showing staff how much it costs to run the university in terms of energy use and things like waste.
“We are strong in some areas of sustainability – we recently had a completely new lighting system installed in one of our main corridors which helped make an 80% saving in energy costs – but there’s definitely areas where we can improve.
“If we can save on our energy costs that money can be used to provide more for our students.”
Mr Jones, a lecturer on the university’s Built Environment course, says a new weather station – also to be unveiled on the day – will provide an important insight into the UK’s changing climate. Live data will eventually be made available to the public through the university’s website.