Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the Residential Energy Project

    1. The Energy ProjectThe purpose of the Energy Project is to increase students’ awareness of their impact on energy usage and help students to build energy saving habits that will be useful throughout the course of their lives.
    2. For the purposes of the Energy Project, energy is defined as a combination of electricity, steam, and chilled water. The unit of measurement is MMBTU, which is one million BTUs (British thermal units). Note that BTUs are a standard measure of energy consumption, defined as amount of heat required to increase the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.
    3. Energy consumption data is currently being collected from the eight suite-style buildings at IUP: Delaney Hall, Putt Hall, Wallwork Hall, Suites on Pratt, Suites on Maple East, Stephenson Hall, Ruddock Hall, and Northern Suites.
    4. The energy consumption may be viewed on monitors located in the lobby areas of the buildings, on Channel 5 of the IUP cable TV system, and also through the internet. Access the information online (Username: IUP; Password: energy).
    5. The information currently being displayed includes a bar graph comparing the past seven-day average energy consumption to the previous week’s energy consumption for each building and line graphs for each building displaying daily average energy usage for the past seven days, the previous week’s average, and the average outside temperature. Current weather data is also being displayed.
    6. Using the iTrend feature, accessible through the webpage, interested individuals are able to create customized graphs and take a more in-depth look at the energy consumption data.
    7. The spring 2013 Energy Competition will take place from April 8–14. Students in the eight suite-style buildings will have the opportunity to participate in the Energy Competition. The building with the largest percentage reduction in energy consumption compared to the benchmark period will win the competition.
    8. Throughout the competition, students will be able to track the progress of each building by viewing the energy consumption data and benchmark amounts on their TVs, on the lobby monitors, or online. Students can also receive competition updates by joining the Facebook group The Energy Project at IUP or following @IUPEnergy on Twitter.
    9. The winning building will be presented with a plaque or trophy to display in the building. The presentation will take place during the Earth Day Celebration, sponsored by ECO, on April 19.
    10. For more information about the Energy Project, contact:

    Dr. Jack Makara

    Assistant Director
    Assessment and Academic Initiatives

    Katie Shoemaker

    Graduate Assistant
    Residential Sustainability Educator