South Hall Energy Efficiency

Project Leads: Daniel Angell, Eric Parsonnet

Sponsor: Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (Undergrad)

TGIF Grant: $12,400

Project Theme: Energy Efficiency & Conservation

Project Location: South Hall

2014 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: In order to reduce the energy consumption of South Hall, we are monitoring and controlling plug loads. Plug loads are things you plug intooutlets, like printers or computers, not things like lights. We are using smart plug technology to catalog the energy consumed from 60 outlets around the building. With the data we plan to develop solutions for energy efficiency. These will includeeducation and outreach in South Hall, suggested behavioral changes on specific loads (don’t leave a projector on when not in use), and potentially scheduled times during which loads will be turned off automatically. 

Goals

  1. Reduce energy consumption in South Hall
  2. Promoting awareness of energy use, by teaching people how to monitor thier energy use, and about the sources of the inefficiencies
  3. Expand to other buildings on campus
  4. Understand and explore the effectiveness of energy efficiency projects focused on individuals and implemented with a "boots on the ground" type of approach

Accomplishments

  • Ordered Bert Plug Kits (includes 60 smart meter plugs, 5 routers, and licensing for the software).
  • Designated locations for plug installations. 
  • Informed users of South Hall about project goals, and met with directors of South Hall to explain the project. 
  • Basic outreach promoting energy efficiency (flyers with every plug)
  • Installed an early test of the plugs--3 plugs were installed in the basement of the building. These plugs already indicate the savings in power that the smart plugs can accomplish. 
  • Built and finalized codes to sweep through energy usage data.

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.