New real-time energy use displays have been installed in many of the undergraduate labs, informing occupants about exactly how much air is going out of individual fume hoods at any given time.
Helen Corriero, lab administrator for the Kahne/Walker lab explains, “Whenever we have a new student or postdoc in our lab, I'm able to show them the exact impact closing their hood has on energy consumption. This has helped us keep our energy use below our goal.”
Associate director Jerry Connors and facilities manager Mike Paterno state that in Naito Labs alone, the Chemistry Department is now saving over $300,000 in steam and chilled water annually, through tighter control of ventilation. A big part of this is due to researchers simply shutting their sashes.