So for my project I want to find a way to reduce the amount of energy we use here at Ohio Wesleyan. When researching this topic I found that their are two main ways to do that. “There are ultimately only two levers to reduce energy usage: capital investments (better equipment) and operating adjustments (changing how energy is used).” (https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/five-ways-colleges-and-universities-get-smart-about-energy) I wanted to focus on lighting and electricity. So after reading this it made me think about more efficient light bulbs if possible or maybe a way to use less lights by either brighter lights (which would still have to be efficient) or spreading them out more. I also could focus on how often we have them on and reduce the amount of electricity used there.
Ways I found schools are doing to reduce the amount of electricity used could be
Obviously turn off lights when not using them. So ways to to do this are:
- Make signs for classrooms saying to turn off lights when last student leaves or professor.
- A really cool idea I found was make a group of people who go on walks around buildings/campus to make sure all the unnecessary lights are off. This could be a win win because students can get exercise while helping control these problems.
- Make sure all light switches are in easy places to see
- Teach and inform students on energy consumption.