Education Sector

Enhanced energy efficiency audit and energy efficiency analysis for Facility Managers

Schools typically have high levels of cost-effective energy efficiency and energy conservation potential which goes unrealized.  Even new schools end up having to utilize less efficient technologies and equipment because of limited capital budgets and a lack of ability to combine operating costs with capital costs to apply life-cycle costing properly for design and construction decisions.  The ability of Facility Managers to collect months or a year or more of actual energy consumption and demand data for specific circuits relevant to a potential technology retrofit, and then precisely calculate savings for the actual hours on/off of those loads in real school use conditions permits much more accurate and precise analysis of retrofit savings before a retrofit, and even more importantly allows an accurate verification of the  specific technology change outs so that results and learnings can then be applied from section to section and school to school.

As much as half of the very significant school energy efficiency opportunity lies in engaging students and staff in conservation behaviours and in finding and fixing mistakes, rather than hardware retrofits.  NRCAN, ACEEE, RMI and leading school jurisdictions all clearly advise that just replacing older lighting, appliances and motors with more efficient technology is much of the efficiency opportunity on the table, and this is the free component of energy efficiency – no replacement technology cost is required.  Granular circuit level metering and software allows precise data to be reported or even automatically generated and sent out to teachers students or other staff on a regular basis.  These alerts and reports can:

  • Precisely monitor the savings from one device, one classroom, or one initiative
  • provide quick feedback on the difference that actions and behaviour make
  • Support competitions and contests
  • Target the information directly and automatically to the people who are interested, or who have responsibility for the energy consuming behaviours
  • Alert users to slippage if old habits return
  • Help staff in any area find and correct mistakes in equipment controls, manual over-rides of controls, errors in setting up power saving programs or equipment maintenance or seasonal adjustments