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Utility billing

IPF's Power and Water department is responsible for generating and distributing utilities to campus facilities, including electricity, steam for heating and cooling, water and sewer services. Natural gas services are provided by Consumers Energy. Some buildings on north campus have water service provided by the City of East Lansing. The campus utility billing site allows users to examine their own utility usage and provides information on how to be good stewards of MSU's resources.

Utility Billing users guide (PDF)

A detailed and comprehensive guide to navigating the Campus Utility Billing site and using the cost and consumption data.

'How to find utility data by building' guide (PDF)

A step-by-step guide to finding campus utility data by building.

Glossary of terms

Below are definitions for some of the terms frequently used on MSU's Campus Utility Billing site.

Electricity (kilowatt hours)

One kilowatt hour (kWh) is equivalent to a 100-watt light bulb burning for 10 hours. One megawatt hour (MWhr) equals 1,000 kilowatt hours.

Water (kilogallons)

One kilogallon (kgal) of water is enough to fill 16,000 8-ounce drinking glasses.

Heating/steam (kilopounds)

It takes approximately 10 pounds of steam to heat the water for a 16-minute shower. Reducing shower time to eight minutes would save 172,000 pounds of steam and 452,000 gallons of water each semester in a typical Brody Complex residence hall.

Co-generating power plant

The MSU co-generating power plant burns coal, natural gas, and biofuels to produce steam and electricity for all of the main campus buildings.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) avoidance

A ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) avoided is the equivalent to the CO2 emitted from 20 gallons of gas used in an average car. 


Phone: (517) 432-0250 


To view your bill or to examine your building's energy usage, sign in using your MSU NetID.