Arizona Western College Saves $100,000 By "Turning It Off"

Arizona Western College Saves $100,000 By "Turning It Off"

Story By: Tim Lavigne, Meteorologist and Reporter

YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - The old adage rings true - going green saves green. Most thought it was the new solar energy they are utilizing. But, it's so much more simple than that. By flicking some light switches, unplugging computers, and powering down printers, Arizona Western College saved over $100,000 on their energy bills last year. Now the College wants to take those savings and add more full time faculty. Dr Glenn Mayle, President of AWC, says the money could cover about 2 new professors, after including fringe benefits. "I've been president of 3 other college before AWC and none of them had faculty as diligent to this program as AWC." Mayle says.

13 On Your Side wanted to know what students thought about the AWC President's idea for the money. Robert Clause, a freshman solar mechanics major, says "Being here in Yuma, its a small town, so there's not many jobs. So doing it is a really great idea, and will help not only the students but the economy."

Rene Prado thinks AWC will continue to rely on its abundant part-time faculty, that nearly triples it's full-time faculty.  He says "I'd be really surprised if they do it, but I hope they do, because it would be a good idea."

There is no timetable on when the College will begin the hiring process. The College has also started a new recycling campaign in order to further cut costs.