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Some Rockstar Comments
What is a good indicator of Energy Waste?
“The baseline electrical use fluctuates on a daily basis, however the average usage appears to fluctuate more slowly. There are periods of time when electrical use is lower, however there is no clear explanation for this lower average usage. The occupants habits were not different during this time. This could be an indication of energy waste. Also it would seem to me that not all lights must remain on during the night. Perhaps some lights for social areas could be turned off as they are not in use.”
“Considering the time of day that the energy usage peaks and what people are typically doing is a good indicator of energy waste. In my building area, there is a peak in energy in the afternoon and early in the morning. The one in the afternoon makes sense because most people are moving around during that time, but the peaks early in the morning are concerning because most people are sleeping during that time.”
“There is a lot of energy being used on nights and weekends, but I actually think this is normal with the little that I know about the labs in our building. I know our students often work in the labs over the weekend, and I know we have students and faculty running experiments that continue to run throughout the night, so I wouldn't expect the same large dips you would see in a office building. I do see chilled water spikes with temperature spikes, and a regular daily flux in the energy use. “
What happens with your feedback?
Our team at the Energy Conservation Office keeps an eye out for Trim the Waste feedback that could indicate potential energy waste in campus buildings. We use this information to analyze energy usage across campus and identify HVAC scheduling opportunities.
In our initial analysis of the buildings mentioned in Trim the Waste, we calculated their nighttime energy use was 80% of the peak daytime electricity use. This means that the building uses 80% of it's peak daytime electricity use at night!!
Further analysis revealed:
On average, the office buildings use 68% of their peak daytime electricity use at night.
Lab buildings use an average of 85% of their peak daytime electricity use at night.
These high percentages indicate energy waste during the nighttime hours, and have sparked investigative analysis in our office! Stay tuned as we strategize and collaborate with building occupants to battle this suspicious amount of waste.
We also are developing ways for you to report energy waste to us. Our goal is for you to be able to easily report energy waste so that we can follow up on it.
To the right is a screenshot of a feature that allows you to report energy waste when you see it in your building.
What do Energy Champions Do?
Champs are committed to help the Energy Conservation Office spread the word about cutting edge energy programs on campus, as well as the tips and tricks you learn along your journey.
Here's an overview of what you'll do as a Champ:
Believe in ECO's mission to make the campus better, one building at a time.
Send in regular comfort feedback on TherMOOstat.
Share trimthewaste.ucdavis.edu with friends and colleagues 3 times to get a prize!