5 Energy Wasters to Look Out for In The Summer
We like to go into summer with an energy-saving mindset. It's not always easy to know how you can save energy, so we compiled a list of our top 5 wasters to look out for:
- When your officemates start pulling out space heaters, it's a good indication of overcooling. This points to a probable temperature imbalance in dire need of correction! Please use TherMOOstat to notify us when you start seeing space heaters rolled out.
- When your room starts to feel stuffy or drafty, this could indicate a blocked air vent. A blocked vent impacts how the system inhales and exhales air and can throw the system out of balance, making it work harder or possibly break down.
- Leaving your blinds open during the day can heat up a room quickly, so try adjusting your blinds to control light and ventilation. For example, when completely closed and lowered on a sunny window, highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45%.
- If you leave a heat source like a tea kettle or computer monitor next to a thermostat, they can easily throw off the thermostat's reading. Prevent overcooling in your room by making sure the thermostat isn't impaired by additional heat sources!
- Is everyone cold? Hearing a consensus among your officemates? Let us know on TherMOOstat!
It is extremely important that you let us know how you are feeling in your classroom. Our campus is extremely large and TherMOOstat comments help us understand the temperature level, and keep you more comfortable.
Want to do even more to find energy waste on campus? Try Trimming the Waste with Joules the Cow: a step by step interactive guide for finding energy waste in your building.