Welcome to Level 2 of Trim the Waste!
In this level, you'll learn some basics of how buildings at UC Davis use energy, and explore real campus energy data.
UC Davis buildings don’t use energy like typical residential homes. We have a central heating and cooling plant, a huge solar farm, and Facilities Management staff members working to keep the campus running.
What kinds of energy are used on campus?
Every building is unique. The buildings connected to the campus’ Central Heating and Cooling Plant (CHCP) use chilled water and steam for heating and cooling. Other buildings heat and cool independent from the CHCP using natural gas and electricity.
Now for the fun part:
Compare Electricity Use at UC Davis
A university campus is much different than an average residential home, but comparing the two can give context to what it takes to power a campus.
Click a building on the map to see how much electricity different buildings use on campus and the number of California homes that sum to the equivalent amount of electricity use.
Select a building to compare it to the the number of California homes that sum to the equivalent amount of electricity use.
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