GRANTHAM, Pa. (WHTM) – Messiah College is making a switch to natural gas.
The college plans to begin installing a combined heating, cooling and power generating system on the campus this summer and hopes to have it completed by next spring.
Messiah currently heats the majority of its buildings with propane, which has had temporary shortages during the cold winters of the past two years. Other buildings on the campus use electric heating and cooling systems.
The new system will provide year-round electricity to the Eisenhower Campus Center and capture the energy used in power generation to provide heating and cooling to other key buildings.
The college expects to save about $800,000 a year in energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint. A spokesman said the move is the equivalent of taking 1,354 cars off the road.