01/10/2012 09:32 EST | Updated 03/11/2012 05:12 EDT

St. Francis Xavier University eyes energy consumption to offset drop in funds

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - The president of St. Francis Xavier University says the school may look at reducing energy consumption and sharing computer services with other schools to cut costs.

Sean Riley says he is looking for ways to cut costs that won't deteriorate the quality of teaching at the Antigonish university.

But Riley says tuition fees will also have to rise for all students to help cover lost provincial revenues.

The provincial government announced last week budget reductions for Nova Scotia's 11 universities.

Provincial funding for university will fall by three per cent this year and tuition fee increases will be capped at three per cent.