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Conserving energy one home at a time

Do you know how much electricity you use in your home? Do you know how much energy your desktop computer or laptop uses? Will you save more electricity by turning off your computer at night or shortening your daily shower by five minutes? Discover some counter-intuitive facts about saving energy, money and the environment.

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Conserving energy one home at a time

  1. 1. Conserving Energy One Home at a Time Rich McCue richmccue.com uvic.ca/library/dsc/
  2. 2. “We help the UVic community explore and express their ideas in ways other than text.”
  3. 3. 9 watts4,500 watts
  4. 4. 10 Hours = 15 Min
  5. 5. Knowledge is Power
  6. 6. Electricity Consumption Around the House
  7. 7. 4 watts $1.75 / year iPad Pro (11”)
  8. 8. = 9 watt LED 60 watt bulb
  9. 9. 22 watts $10 / year Dell Optiplex 780
  10. 10. 88 watts $39 / year Dell Optiplex 780
  11. 11. 65” LCD TV & Xbox 88 watts $39 / year
  12. 12. 4500 watts, 2hrs / day $360 / year 60 Gallon Hot Water Tank
  13. 13. 6000 watts, 1/2 hr / day $120 / year Clothes Dryer
  14. 14. Relative Consumption per Hour
  15. 15. Relative Consumption per Hour
  16. 16. How Do We Measure Electricity Usage in Our Homes?
  17. 17. How Do We Measure Electrical Draw at Home?
  18. 18. Real Time Home Energy Monitoring Program $85 https://rainforestautomation.com/bch/
  19. 19. BCHydro.com
  20. 20. Knowledge Is Power
  21. 21. How much do you spend on electricity & natural gas?
  22. 22. $120 / month Heating Hot Water Cooking Dryer $17 / person
  23. 23. What Has Rich Done at His at Home to Conserve Energy?
  24. 24. $35 Clothes Dryer Rack
  25. 25. Seal Windows & Doors $150
  26. 26. Solar Hot Water $4000 Power Pipe $800
  27. 27. Heat Pump w/ programmable thermostat $6000
  28. 28. Heat Recovery… $1500 Windows & Sealing & Insulation $4000
  29. 29. What Did It Cost Rich? ● Windows, Sealing & Insulation: $4000 ● Heat Pump & Thermostat: $6000 ● Solar Hot Water: $4000 ● Heat Recovery Ventilation: $1500 ● Drain Heat Recovery: $800 ● Lighting: $300 Yearly Savings: $2000 Payback: 8yrs(for a family of 7)
  30. 30. Typical Returns on Investment? ● Programmable Thermostat. 1 year. ● Air Leaks. 2 years. ● Water Heater Insulation. 2 years. ● Shower Head. 2 years. ● Insulation. 5 years. ● Furnace / Heat Pump 13 years. ● Windows. 20 years. http://www.think-energy.net/ecm_payback.htm
  31. 31. Where Should We Start? ● Work on low cost, high impact items: ○ Clothesline & Dryer Rack ○ LED bulbs ○ Programmable thermostat ○ Shorter showers ○ Insulation & Seal up a Leaky House ● Home Energy Assessment: https://bcenergycoach.ca ● BC Hydro Energy Monitor. ● Compare Energy Star Ratings on appliances.
  32. 32. How Can We Measure Our Carbon Footprints in BC?
  33. 33. Rich’s Carbon Emissions: 6.728 tons / year
  34. 34. Airplane trip to Paris for 2 3 tons CO2 Drive a Prius for 1 year (20K) 1.7 tons CO2
  35. 35. Airplane trip to Paris for 2 3.000 tons CO2 Drive a Leaf for 1 year (20K) 0.054 tons CO2
  36. 36. One trip to Paris for two = driving a Leaf in BC for 56 years!
  37. 37. How Can We Measure Our Individual Carbon Footprints?
  38. 38. bit.ly/vic-carbon-calc
  39. 39. In Conclusion...
  40. 40. Rich McCue richmccue.com Questions, Comments, or Stories? Slides: bit.ly/uvic-conserve Carbon Calc: bit.ly/vic-carbon-calc
  41. 41. ● Photo by twinsfisch on Unsplash ● Rich McCue - https://richmccue.com/ ● https://basc.pnnl.gov/resource-guides/air-sealing-doors-adjacent-unconditioned-space ● Photo by Lukasz Szmigiel on Unsplash ● Photo by Pascal Debrunner on Unsplash ● Photo by Chandler Cruttenden on Unsplash ● Photo by Tom The Photographer on Unsplash Photo Credits

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