- The energy initiative of replacing 4,812 light fixtures was completed in early winter 2013.
- Electric sub-meters are installed in all of the campus buildings. This provides the School with a snapshot of each building’s energy usage and allows us to efficiently deal with abnormal usage issues.
Heat and Air Conditioning
- In 2013, the heating system in Goodwin House was converted from an oil boiler to a gas high efficient boiler for both heat and hot water.
- During the 2013-2014 school year, three faculty houses will switch from oil to gas heating.
In 2006 and 2012, the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units underwent an audit by energy consultants to help us determine ways in which to save energy and increase efficiency. As Milton upgrades campus buildings, modern HVAC automated controls are installed. These controls allow us to provide better climate control and to switch between occupied and unoccupied modes more efficiently.
In the central heating plant, two of the three boilers that produce steam to heat our buildings were converted from oil to gas.
Solar panels are now a prominent feature on the Milton campus horizon. Photovoltaic solar panels are installed on the two, south facing gable roofs of the Athletic and Convocation Center (ACC). The ACC is the largest building on campus, and the largest user of electricity. Photovoltaic panels generate electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity. On a sunny, summer day, the panels will produce 900-kilowatt hours of useful electricity. This will provide about 50 percent of the electricity load for the ACC when the hockey rink is not in service. The estimated savings for Milton in electricity costs over a 20-year period is over $400,000.
The Athletic Center is the second campus building to use solar power. The Pritzker Science Center uses electricity generated from both hot water and photovoltaic panels installed on the roof.
The link below is a live solar panel metering dashboard for the ACC: