Energy Challenge FAQs
How big is the annual electricity budget for the College of Science?
The College of Science uses about 25,283,000 kwh a year, costing about $1,264,000.
What’s the environmental impact of all this electricity?
Electricity production for the College of Science produces about 16,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s like putting over 3,500 cars on the road.
Why does the Challenge only include electricity and not heating and cooling?
Steam and chilled water are not monitored accurately enough by our current metering system to be used in a competition.
If heating and cooling are not included, why does it help to report thermostat problems?
In addition to the steam and chilled water used for heating and cooling, electric fans are used to blow the heated or cooled air into rooms. By ensuring that thermostats work properly and that rooms aren’t being over-conditioned, electricity use for these fans is reduced.