We need your help!

We need your help!

Did you know that plug-in electrical devices can significantly contribute to a building's energy load?

Royal Roads University prides itself in being a leader in sustainability action and energy reduction. Over the past six years, energy efficient retrofits have been ongoing at the university with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by the year 2020. Improvements have been made to building heating, cooling and domestic water heating systems at RRU; however, electric loads produced by plug-in electrical devices such as personal refrigerators, coffee makers, microwaves, toasters, electric kettles, space heaters, fans and desk lamps have not been assessed in campus buildings to determine energy consumption and reduction. A team of four RRU students in the BSc in Environmental Science Program NEED YOUR HELP in analyzing and assessing these plug-in electronics.

As part of their major project and sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and Physical and Environmental Resources (P&ER), the team of students will perform a power audit on campus to better understand the impact these plug-in electrical devices have on energy consumption in our buildings. The focus of the project is to gather information for the Office of Sustainability and P&ER in order to determine the impact that these plug-in devices play with respect to the energy consumed at RRU, which will ultimately contribute to RRU’s GHG emissions reduction goals.

The project will involve the students conducting an inventory of all applicable devices on campus. Following the inventory, the students will determine a subset of devices to meter. For the metering portion of this project the students would like to invite staff and faculty to participate in the project by permitting the group to measure the energy output of these devices. Devices will be metered using the Kill A Watt Power Meter, which will be plugged in between the device and the wall or power bar and will continuously measure and monitor the device’s energy usage.

If you are interested in participating in this research project, it will only require approximately 10-15 minutes installing the meters at your workstations. You are not required to be present at your workstation; inventory and set up of the power meter can occur during or after regular office hours. The students will then return in approximately three to five days to collect the meters. If you are interested in participating please contact the student team at blueboundaryconsulting@gmail.com or Roberto Melfi in the Office of Sustainability.

Thank you for your cooperation in this very important initiative at Royal Roads.