The current state of the economy along with the rising cost of energy has strained the university’s budget. As a result, the university is forced to cut spending. To elude the possibility of layoffs, wage decreases, or tuition increases, the university can cut costs by reducing the amount of energy it is using. In many cases, energy is not being utilized properly; instead it is being wasted unnecessarily. Considerable savings can be obtained by better managing the university’s energy usage. To estimate the potential cost savings, the energy currently being used by the university was determined separately for each building. The numbers of lights in all accessible areas were counted. The presence of computers, fans, refrigerators, microwaves, and heaters in each room was recorded. Furthermore, it was noted whether the lights were on or off and if the room was occupied or not. The assessments revealed a considerable amount of wasted energy. Lights were on in unoccupied rooms. Lights were also observed to be left on for extended periods of time. Computers were on and not being used, and were rarely ever turned off. A number of personal fans, heaters, microwaves, and refrigerators were present in faculty’s offices. To reduce or eliminate the wasted energy created by these findings, recommendations to the university are to install occupancy sensors, set computers to go into sleep mode when they are not in use, close unused computer labs and buildings, and regulate the occurrence of personal energy consuming devices found in offices. All of the suggestions have a rapid simple payback period.
Methodology for Energy Assessment and Conservation
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Aulds, B, Kozman, T, Lee, J, & Tyagi, S. "Methodology for Energy Assessment and Conservation." Proceedings of the ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Volume 7: Engineering Education and Professional Development. Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. November 13–19, 2009. pp. 121-130. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2009-13249
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