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