REAL TIME ENERGY USE DASHBOARDS
As building technologies become increasingly efficient, energy-related behavior change strategies have been dubbed the “last frontier” for public building energy reduction. As an attempt to create behavior changes that reduce energy consumption, many college campuses have installed real-time electricity displays (energy dashboards). Energy dashboards monitor the electricity consumption of a facility and present the data to occupants in an interactive way either on touchscreen televisions or on a website. The ideas is that building occupants will see how much energy the building is consuming and be inspired to conserve. However, very little research exists to prove that this notion is correct.
With support from Honeywell Building Solutions, WMU has embarked on a project aimed to gain further insight into the effects of energy dashboards. A number of touchscreen energy dashboards are installed in buildings on main campus and an online energy dashboard system is available.
Check out the dashboards located in the following buildings, or follow the link below.
- Bernhard Center
- Eicher/LeFevre Hall
- French Hall
- Henry Hall
- Moore Hall
- Office for Sustainability
- Sangren Hall
- Seibert Administration Building