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WKU tracking energy usage, emissions with online kiosk

A new online energy kiosk is the latest addition to WKU’s energy savings initiatives.

By accessing the WKU Energy Kiosk, faculty, staff, students and the general public can view real-time electrical usage and carbon dioxide emissions across the WKU campus and in 38 buildings as well as other green tips and information.

By accessing the WKU Energy Kiosk, faculty, staff, students and the general public can view real-time electrical usage and carbon dioxide emissions across the WKU campus and in 38 buildings as well as videos and energy saving green tips.

By accessing the WKU Energy Kiosk, faculty, staff, students and the general public can view real-time electrical usage and carbon dioxide emissions across the WKU campus and in 38 buildings. The website is powered by Johnson Controls, a global leader in energy efficiency in buildings.

Johnson Controls has been a longtime partner of WKU, helping the campus to reach its energy and emissions goals. WKU is one of about a dozen universities nationwide using the Johnson Controls kiosk.

In addition to charts of data, the website also provides various comparisons to help put the electrical usage and resulting emissions into perspective for the campus community. The kiosk also features videos as well as energy saving green tips.

“It’s hard to visualize what a kilowatt hour is, so being able to compare that to something familiar in everyday life is very helpful,” said Christian Ryan-Downing, WKU’s sustainability coordinator.

For example, the electricity consumed across campus on a recent week (691,768 kilowatt hours) would cook 23 million pieces of toast. And the carbon dioxide emissions (181 tons) are the same as 1,018 passenger automobiles.

Other everyday comparisons include how many cubes of ice could be frozen, how many songs could be downloaded, how many cups of coffee could be purchased and how many loads of laundry could be done with the energy used.

WKU is using the Energy Kiosk to track energy conservation in residence halls as part of the Campus Conservation Nationals’ Bluegrass Unplugged competition. The competition with UK, U of L and Berea began March 23 and will conclude April 12.

The Energy Kiosk partners include WKU Facilities Management, WKU Sustainability, Alliance to Save Energy, Tennessee Valley Authority, PowerSave Campus, Housing and Residence Life, Sodexo Education.

“This project has been a team effort,” said Dale Dyer, plant operations manager for WKU Facilities Management. “After this Bluegrass Unplugged competition, we want the Energy Kiosk to be a site that continues to be used to create awareness on campus about energy saving initiatives.”

Contact: Dale Dyer, (270) 745-6179; or Christian Ryan-Downing, (270) 745-2508.

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