Benefits of Online Energy Monitoring in Educational Buildings

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Real-time Web-based Monitoring of Air Conditioning in Schools, Lower energy costs-Schools, Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Contribute to economic revival, Enhanced indoor air quality, Green Air Conditioning Systems

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Benefits of Online Energy Monitoring in Educational Buildings

  1. 1. Benefits of Online Energy Monitoring in Educational BuildingsReal-time Web-based Monitoring of Air Conditioning in SchoolsEnergy costs are the second highest expense our nation’s budget crunched schools have toface. And nowhere is the old adage "you can’t manage what you can’t measure" moreapplicable than in air conditioning operations. Real-time web-based monitoring of airconditioning in schools can help the environment and deliver great savings, making limitedschool funds available for other uses.Unlike schools in other regions, many Florida schools run their air conditioning system year-round to maintain low humidity levels. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimatesthat $2 million could be saved by improving energy efficiency in schools. Many school districtsare already taking positive steps in the right direction.K-12 schools, colleges and universities can save energy through a new, energy efficientapproach to air conditioning on campus. By installing web-based, real-time, online energymonitoring technology, schools can accurately monitor and track energy levels 24/7.Some schools, such as Nova Southeastern University (NSU), have taken the technology one stepfurther by installing chiller plant optimization. This is the marriage of sophisticated energymeasurement and verification (M&V) technology with expert engineering analysis to operatethe air conditioning system in a highly efficient manner. In NSU’s case, the school designed andbuilt a new central energy plant incorporating advanced chillers and an ice-based thermalenergy storage system. This approach to air conditioning allows the school to reduce energycosts by shifting chiller operation from peak to off-peak electric rates. A web-based online
  2. 2. energy monitoring system allows school administrators to stay abreast of energy levels andcomfort conditions for its 300-acre campus.Green Air Conditioning SystemsIn addition to saving money, sustainable or green air conditioning systems facilitate carbonfootprint reduction. Schools that implement a green air conditioning system will experiencereduced energy expenses and encourage better student performance. While universities facethe challenge of identifying green air conditioning systems to handle a vast campus, manysmaller schools have started using energy efficient alternatives to conventional systems.Here’s how both K-12 schools and higher education facilities can benefit from implementing agreen air conditioning system:• Lower energy costs-Schools spend $75 per student on gas bills and $130 per student onelectricity each year. In fact space cooling and ventilation consumes up to 8% of a school’s totalenergy costs. According to the EPA, schools can save up to 30% in energy costs by taking stepssuch as installing or retrofitting a green air conditioning system and implementing ENERGYSTAR electrical appliances.• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions-Decreasing fossil fuel consumption can help schools reducegreenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuel generated from electricity contributes to 40% of thecountry’s carbon dioxide emissions, along with an increase in carbon dioxide and nitrogenoxide—contributing factors to climate change and the generation of smog and acid rain.• Contribute to economic revival-The EPA estimates that 8 million jobs in the energy efficiencymarket have been created since 2008.• Enhanced indoor air quality-Energy recovery ventilation equipment significantly reducesheating, cooling and ventilation loads by nearly 40%. For example, a school district in Coloradoimplemented and integrated an indoor energy efficiency and indoor air quality managementprogram that generated $900,000 in savings, while at the same time improving the quality ofair ventilation.
  3. 3. • Reduce absenteeism-Improved air quality through the use of green air conditioning systemsmeans healthier students and staff.Choosing a Tampa LEED Certified ContractorWhether you are starting with new construction or retrofitting your outdated system toaccommodate a green air conditioning system, consulting a green Tampa contractor should beyour first step.Any green initiative should be analyzed for the potential to help obtain LEED certification.LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification supports and encouragesgreen building development practices, contributing towards increased environmental and healthsustainability.Hill York is the only MSCA Green Star Certified mechanical contractor recognized by USGBCin Florida Provides air conditioning in schools . We offers full-service air conditioning andenergy solutions including Energy Management, green air conditioning Design/Build, FacilityManagement.

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