Friday, July 11, 2014

EPA Energy Star National Building Competition 2014 Update

It's that time of year again!
Yesterday, EPA announced the beginning of the 2014 Energy Star National Building Competition and UNC has entered once again. Four buildings- Eddie Smith Field House , Bioinformatics Building , Rosenau Hall,and Henry Stadium - are in the running to reduce their energy expenditure by the highest percentage possible.
I'm excited to see the results of this competition because UNC has always done so well. UNC, in fact, has placed every year since this competition was established in 2010. Follow the progress of the competition on the Energy Star website and check out UNC's past victories on our website .
Also, keep checking this blog and our twitter for updates.

May the Odds be Ever in your Favor,

"EPA Launches the 2014 National Building Competition!" U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, n.d. Web. 11 July 2014.

Friday, June 27, 2014

What does Energy Management DO?

Hi Everyone!
As a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I consider myself well-acquainted with student organizations, campus landmarks, and academic buildings; however,I have to admit that I haven't acquired as much knowledge about administrative departments here at the university. That's why I want to take some time to help you learn some of the essential information about my department, Energy Management:

Energy Management is focused on ensuring that the UNC-Chapel Hill campus is run efficiently.
As a part of UNC Facilities Services, the Energy Management team works to identify problems in energy systems on campus, like Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Systems, figures out how to modify them, and then goes out and implements these solutions. In the process, Energy Management encourages the use of energy-efficient products and best practices.
Read more about Energy Management's Vision, Mission, and Plan here
Energy Management is lauded
The EPA Energy Star National Building Competition was launched in 2010, and that same year Morrison Residence Hall won. Since then, UNC has had at least one building recognized every year that the competition has been in place. Energy Management's work has been essential to the reduction in energy expenditures needed to win every year.
Read more about the Energy Star National Building Competition here
Energy Management can help you
Last year, my roommate and I lived in a dorm room with a wacky thermostat. In the winter, we would turn our heat on and the temperature would rise to about ninety degrees Fahrenheit. That temperature felt good for about ten minutes after battling the wintry chill, but it would quickly become uncomfortable. We tried to get it fixed multiple times through our residence hall, but nothing seemed to work; things would run smoothly until a few hours after the repairman was gone, and then the temperature would rise again. Fast forward to this summer. I was chatting with some of the workers here at Energy Management, and I brought up the wacky thermostat from last year. After hearing my story, someone could immediately identify the root of the problem. In fact, they asked for the number of my old room so they could fix it before its new occupants move in in the fall.
Read more about how Energy Management can help you

Energy Management is an asset to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Not only do the people in it work diligently to make UNC-Chapel Hill energy-efficient, but they are recognized for their strides in energy efficiency and they are accessible to every member of the University to call upon for help.
That's pretty powerful to me.

For more information about Energy Management, visit our website.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer Do's and Don'ts

Hello everyone! As the summer approaches, it's important to think about how the weather affects our energy and resource usage. Your first instinct may be to throw open the windows, crank up the air conditioning, and turn on the sprinklers. While this is tempting, here's our list of what you should and shouldn't do when things heat up:

DO hang dry your clothing - it uses less energy than an electric dryer and your clothes will smell fresher than ever
DO keep your windows covered in order to reduce the amount of sunlight that enters your home- excess sunlight can warm your house, requiring more air conditioning
DO keep your windows and doors closed-

DON'T set your thermostat below the programmed summer temperature, which is usually 76 degrees Fahrenheit to 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
DON'T use more water than necessary. If you're watering plants, use a watering can instead of a running hose. If you're filling up a kiddie pool, monitor the water level as it fills and don't let it overflow. If you're in the bathroom, take shorter showers and don't leave the water running at the sink.
DON'T forget to turn off the lights when you leave a room! Even the Energy Management Interns are guilty of this one sometimes...

Enjoy your summer, and don't forget to think about how you can use resources efficiently!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Just in time for Earth Day: 

We crossed the finish line of EPA’s 2013 National Building Competition! UNC Energy Management cut energy waste by 39.6%, saving over $500,000 in energy costs in 2013! Together, with more than 3,000 other competitors, we saved more than $100 million in energy costs and prevented GHG emissions equivalent to the electricity used by more than 31,000 homes. Check out the competition at

We couldn't have done it without our Carolina community. Help us continue saving campus-wide by doing what you can. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

2013 Strategic Energy & Water Plan

2013 marked another big year for Energy Management's energy and water conservation efforts. Energy consumption per square foot has declined over 33% since 2003 and potable water consumption per square foot has fallen 60% since 2000. In that time, gross square footage has grown from 13,000,000 to 18,000,000. Check out the full report online.

UNC Bioinformatics Building Currently in 3rd Place at the Halfway Mark of the 2013 Battle of the Buildings

At the Midway Point of the 2013 EPA's Energy Star National Building Competition, UNC Bioinfomatics held strong in 3rd place among the 3,200 competitors. The 31.45% reduction in energy use comes just one year after a complete renovation of the building's Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling System (HVAC). UNC Energy Management reduced the building's energy use through a variety of strategies, including reprogramming the computer controls or the HVAC systems, HVAC tuning and optimization, and occupant education and outreach. Completed in December 2012, the updated HVAC control system and the extension into the occupied areas provides the opportunity to monitor temperatures throughout the building. Savings from December 2012 to date have totaled over $130,000. Learn more about Bioinformatics in the 2013 National Building Competition here.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

UNC Chapel Hill Morrison Residence Hall competed in the 2013 Campus Conservation Nationals competition organized by Lucid, USGBC Center for Green Schools, NWF, and ASE.  Morrison Residence Hall was one of the top five schools with the greatest average percent reduction in electricity. Savings ranged from 16-19% reductions across all participating buildings.
This year more than 300,000 students at 120 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada collectively saved 2,114,844 kilowatt-hours of electricity — equivalent to averting 2,426,040 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere and saving $160,000. Students also saved nearly 1,681,241 million gallons of water, or the equivalent of 11,208 hours of shower use.