Energy Savings Plan
The university consumes a significant amount of energy during the course of its operations:
|Steam (for heating)
|Chilled Water (for cooling)
||annually for general university buildings
Energy efficiency at Iowa State has some inherent challenges:
- Our co-generation facility operates efficiently and provides
low utility rates. These low rates make it difficult to justify
energy conservation projects that pay for themselves.
- Our utility rates are flat - there are no seasonal, time-of-day,
peak demand or power factor components that often apply to energy
purchased from private entities.
- Older buildings do not have automated systems that allow us to
apply energy conservation strategies equally to all campus
- Plant and animal research areas often require more stringent
environments than people areas
- Sensitive research instruments, musical instruments, special
collections, etc. often require stable environments.
Actions we will be taking:
- Each general university building will have published operating hours.
- We will adjust building summer daytime temperatures to 78 degrees.
Systems will be shutdown at night and temperatures may rise up to 10
- We will adjust building winter daytime temperatures to 68 degrees.
Systems will be shutdown at night and temperatures may lower up to
- We will move night classes and meetings into night "activity
areas" to minimize "open" buildings.
These adjustments are projected to save at least $750,000
Additional actions we will consider:
- Reduce indoor lighting levels.
- Unplug refrigerated drinking fountains.
- Unplug/remove employee (non-Univ) heaters or require a fee for energy use.
- Unplug/remove employee (non-Univ) refrigerators or require a fee for energy use.
- Unplug/remove employee (non-Univ) coffee pots or requires a fee for energy use.
- Reduce outdoor lighting levels.
There are a number of things that can be done by the university
community such as powering down un-needed or redundant equipment
(i.e. fume hoods, lasers, growth chambers, office equipment, coffee
pots). We also need to encourage our staff to shut off lights and to
power off computers and office equipment during night and weekend
We will work with departments and building supervisors to assist
you in making informed energy decisions. We will begin a PR campaign
to communicate to the university community, the things that they can
do to make a difference. We will also develop a communication
strategy that will provide feedback to the university community
regarding energy consumption at the university and the success of
our energy conservation efforts.
We estimate that voluntary load reductions could save at least
Utility generation and delivery systems will be evaluated for
efficiency to save $250,000.