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Published January 05, 2011, 06:13 PM

University Of Minnesota-Crookston Is Saving Energy

All five University of Minnesota campuses closed down over the holiday break.

The University of Minnesota Crookston closed down its campus to save some money and energy.

The University of Minnesota Crookston is turning off the lights to save up to $10,000 in energy costs. In the Month of December UMC saved 110,000 kilowatt hours.

"If you look at that in a different way, thats like planting 25 acres of trees to take carbon out of the air, I mean were saving that much in energy but we are also preventing that much carbon monoxide going out into the atmosphere," said Andrew Svec, UMC Media Relations.

All 5 University of Minnesota campuses closed over Christmas and New Year's break leaving open some residence halls and chemistry departments. University officials say its their way of lowering Minnesota government spending.

"When the situation calls for reductions we would want to make some sensible reductions at times when its going to effect the least about of students and faculty," said Svec.

UMC had a goal to save 1.5 million kilowatt hours over the year of 2010. The money saved from their energy savings will go back to the students.

"But I think one of the things that it does point out is that we can be very responsible we can do little things and make a big difference and save some money along the way," said Svec.

Next week well find out if the Crookston Campus met their goal of 1.5 million kilowatt hours.

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