PSC Takes Energy to the Next Level
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Waste diversion at PSC. What can you recycle?
- Tips for Waste Reduction
- PSC Asset Disposal Procedures
- Recycling in the South Suburbs
- Calculate Your Ecological Footprint
- Sustainability Task Force
- What Can You Do
- Community Garden
- Upcoming Events
What it is
It’s an energy management system that monitors real time energy usage (both gas and electric) for the Health Tech Center.
How it works
Energy is constantly being used to heat, cool, light and otherwise “power” the building. To monitor the energy being used, sub-meters were attached to the building’s natural gas line and electrical box. These sub-meters record the amount of gas and electricity being used to power the building.
What you see
The information from the sub-meters is displayed on a 47-inch monitor in the hallway of the Health/Tech Center. The information is also available by visiting the "Health Tech Center's Real Time Energy Use" page. Energy usage is shown in kilowatts (kW) for electricity and therms for gas.
April 7-25, 2014
It's back, but this time we're competing against community colleges across the state of Illinois! We need to reduce gas and electricity consumption in the Health Tech Center more than any other college competing in Illinois.
National recognition, bragging rights and PSC will save money! Plus, we’ll all learn good habits and help to reduce PSCs carbon footprint.
The competition will run for a three week, April 7-25 with a two-week baseline period prior to the competition start date.For more information on the program, visit Campus Conservation Nationals.
The ABCs of Winning
- Always turn off the lights when leaving a room. It’s just as easy to turn them on as it is to turn them off.
- Bundle up with layers instead of turning up the heat.
- Close the door behind you when entering from outside. Wait to open the door for others until they are ready to enter.
- Don’t forget to power down your computer when you are finished.
Automatic Computer Shut Down
Information Technology Resources began powering-down all campus computers as an energy-saving initiative in January 2013. A typical computer with monitor operates at between 20-40 watts in standby mode and accounts for approximately 25% of the PSC electrical energy demand. While this doesn't seem like much individually, in aggregate, it accounts for 40$ of the energy consumption after the College closes.
ITR and the Sustainability Center will be monitoring energy savings due to this shut down.
You Can Help PSC Save Energy
Faculty and staff at the college are encouraged to follow PSC's Energy Conservation Guidelines which guide the operation of energy-using equipment at the college.
Learn more about how you can help conserve energy at PSC.
Questions or suggestions about how to improve energy efficiency at PSC? Contact the Sustainability Center.