BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Western Kentucky University is asking students and staff to unplug over the holidays and expects to reap big energy savings as a result.
Western offices will be closed for three weeks starting Monday, and workers were asked to turn off power strips or unplug computers, printers, copiers and other equipment. Students checking out of residence halls over the weekend were to unplug computers, TVs, refrigerators and other electronics.
The university said the winter break "Conservation Vacation" has reduced energy consumption by more than 3.1 million kilowatt hours since 2008, and that has saved about $264,000 and reduced greenhouse emissions by more than 2,000 metric tons.
Western says those figures are equal to the annual emissions of more than 450 passenger vehicles and more than 300 U.S. homes' annual electricity use.
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