ERIC Number: ED206340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Energy--What to Do until the Computer Comes.
Johnston, Archie B.
Drawing from Tallahassee Community College's (TCC's) experiences with energy conservation, this paper offers suggestions for reducing energy costs through computer-controlled systems and other means. After stating the energy problems caused by TCC's multi-zone heating and cooling system, the paper discusses the five-step process by which TCC obtained a State Energy Grant. One of these steps, the preparation of an Energy Audit Report, is described in detail, and the energy problems revealed during the preparation of this report are reviewed. Specifically, the paper looks at the following: TCC's response to federally mandated maximum and minimum settings for room thermostats; the effects of turning off lights, air handling units, and water heaters when not in use; and how the savings in capital outlay funds were offset by physical plant problems. Next, the paper explains how utility company energy consumption charts were used by TCC to identify and minimize peak demand times. The benefits of the computer-controlled system are then enumerated; for example, it freed TCC's physical plant crew to return to maintenance tasks; it reduced the peak energy consumption periods to a minimum; and through the use of line capacitors, it increased the energy efficiency of the college. A checklist of non-computer-related energy conservation activities is followed by a discussion of the possible benefits of cogeneration of energy via a coal-fired furnace. Energy charts are appended. (AYC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tallahassee Community Coll., FL.